The world is increasingly becoming a more military place, it feels like we have entered a new modified cold war filled with groups who have no country and no flag. In the past couple of years it is has become clear that the strongest armies in the world are not the ones with the largest number of guns.
What do you think makes the best kind of army? Is it all about advanced technologies, special training, powerful allies. . . or something else?
1. The United States of America
Active Military (Wikipedia): 1,369,532
When you are talking about who the most powerful army in the world is, then you are always talking about technology, experience and money.
Generally considered to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there is a huge amount of investment going into their Air Force, Navy, Army and Special Units. According to several studies the United States of America has the strongest army in the world – and that comes down to experience and money.
The yearly budget that the United States of America government has allocated to their army is more than six hundred and twelve BILLION dollars. How does an army spend so much? Despite not having in the last 100 years a single battle on their own soil, American troops are currently deployed in nearly one hundred and fifty countries.
Active Military (Wikipedia): 766,000
Ah, Russia. Although it has only technically been Russia the last two decades or so, the power and the history of the USSR still overshadows almost everything that it does.
Once considered the most powerful army in the world, the military power of Russia is still making huge changes in the way that politics happens around it. After all, it is hard to argue with a country that has over eight thousand nuclear warheads, the most any country in the world owns!
It has been pretty difficult to ignore the radical time that Ukraine has been having for the last few months – although Russia has never officially got involved in the military rebellious conflict that has been happening in Ukraine, almost every single person in the world is pretty convinced that they have been supplying global firepower to Ukrainian rebels, and perhaps even sending their own troops over the border.
Active Military (Wikipedia): 2,285,000
We have all seen the video footage of the lines and lines of soldiers parading, and that is the key to China’s incredibly military power: in fact, some have even called the Chinese army the strongest military in the world.
The answer is simple. It is a numbers game. You have to remember that China is the most populous country on the entire planet. That means that they have far more people at their disposal to join the army. China isn’t all about quantity and not quality, the military has been working on advanced aircraft carriers and stealth jet fighters, combine all that with the numbers and they might not stay 3rd for long!
4 – 5. India and Pakistan
Indian Active Military (Wikipedia): 1,325,000 vs. Pakistan Active Military (Wikipedia): 617,000
If there is two countries in the world that are desperate to modernise their military, it’s Pakistan and India. This has been proved time and time again, India is the second most populous country in the world, and contains a huge number of businesses that are committed to technology and research.
And India could very easily become a world player because of their global firepower – analysts estimate that they have between eighty and one hundred nuclear warheads. It doesn’t take much to realise that being able to hit Pakistan and China with ballistic missiles makes you one of the strongest armies in the world. Many people just hope that India’s difficult relationship with Pakistan will not ever cloud their military judgement.
6. The United Kingdom
Active Military (Wikipedia): 198,810
It may not be called the United Kingdom for very long! The independence debate that is currently raging about the British Isles at the moment will be decided through a vote on whether or not Scotland is going to separate from the rest of the United Kingdom on the 18th of September.
Whether or not Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom may not seem to have actual relevance – or anything to do with at all – the question of whether nor the United Kingdom is one of the strongest armies in the world, but in fact, a change in the structure of the company could have huge repercussions on their global firepower.
Active Military (Wikipedia): 222,215
In 2013, France decided to ‘freeze’ military spending, which meant that it chose not to increase the spending along with the rate of interest. This actually meant that in real terms, one of the strongest armies in the world cut their military spending.
France also got rid of one in ten people, as they were trying to raise a little bit of extra cash so that they could buy fancier equipment – in the world of the military global firepower is often seen as more important than actual people.
Although these changes do not sound very extreme, they are actually pretty huge. It means that France now only spends around 1.9% of its GDP on its military, which is way below the spending target that NATO has set for its member countries to strive for.
However, being the strongest military in the world clearly doesn’t depend on how much money you spend. Despite all of this, France’s army is still one of the best in the world, and French troops are deployed in far off countries such as the Central African Republic, Senegal, and even Mali.
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