Every year, Global firepower publishes its list of the most powerful military forces in the world. As you might expect, America is at the top of the list again in 2018, and the rest of the top five are unchanged from last year.
But things get more interesting further down the list. North Korea and South Korea have both climbed several places on the list since last year, likely due to recent military escalations in the region. It remains to be seen whether diplomatic moves toward denuclearization will affect their ranking in next year’s list.
Iran is another big driver on the list. The nation has been in the headlines in recent months, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s military adviser declaring he is ready to go to war on the United States and Israel. Iran’s new ranking higher on the list indicates that it has put its money where its mouth is.
A few countries have slipped to the bottom of the list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Malaysia, Chile and Austria have less powerful armies than last year. Country rankings aren’t just based on the total number of guns they have. Global Firepower also takes into account geographic and diplomatic factors, financial stability and the ability to call on powerful allies.
Another country that has fallen to the bottom of the list is Ethiopia, in the middle of the signing a declaration end a multi-year military standoff with neighboring Eritrea. Diplomatic relations broke after a two-year war ended in 2000, but countries are now ready to reconnect.
Global Firepower assigned each country a Power Index score (lower is better), determined by considering more than 50 elements of military force, including available manpower and diversity of forces. weapons.
In addition to the Power Index score, we’ve included each country’s position last year, along with its defense budget, military strength, and the number of planes, tanks, submarines and more. again, to give a more complete idea of ââeach country’s military strengths and weaknesses.