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Top Ten Countries in Military Power

United States ​of America​
United States ​of America​

This section of the Index, on military capabilities, assesses the adequacy of the United States’ defense posture as it pertains to a conventional understanding of “hard power,” defined as the ability of American military forces to engage and defeat an enemy’s forces in battle at a scale commensurate with the vital national interests of the U.S.

Russia​
Russia​

Russia and China, the next two countries perceived to be the most powerful, are among the world’s top four military spenders. In fact, the gap between the U.S. and Russia for the top spot in power narrowed from 2017 as the two countries had nearly identical scores from respondents.

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China​
China​

This is a list of countries by Military Strength Index based on the Credit Suisse report in September 2015.[1] The factors under consideration for military strength and their total weights are: number of active personnel in the army (5%), tanks (10%), attack helicopters (15%), aircraft (20%), aircraft carriers (25%), and submarines (25%).

India​
India​

This is a list of countries by Military Strength Index based on the Credit Suisse report in September 2015. The factors under consideration for military strength and their total weights are: number of active personnel in the army (5%), tanks (10%), attack helicopters (15%), aircraft (20%), aircraft carriers (25%), and submarines (25%).

United ​Kingdom​
United ​Kingdom​

United Kingdom #5 in Best Countries: Power #4 in Best Countries. The United Kingdom spends 1.8 percent of its gross domestic product on military expenditures.

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France​
France​

This is a list of countries by Military Strength Index based on the Credit Suisse report in September 2015. The factors under consideration for military strength and their total weights are: number of active personnel in the army (5%), tanks (10%), attack helicopters (15%), aircraft (20%), aircraft carriers (25%), and submarines (25%).

Germany​
Germany​

Germany #4 in Best Countries: Power #3 in Best Countries. Germany spends 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product on military expenditures.

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Turkey​
Turkey​

The country spends $43 billion a year on defense, which is 1.9% of its GDP, below the spending target set by NATO for member countries. Despite a leveling off of its military budget, France is still highly capable of projecting force around the globe, with significant deployments in the Central African Republic, Chad, Mali, Senegal and elsewhere around the world.

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South Korea​
South Korea​

There was no change this year in the top five countries seen as being the most powerful. The United States, which is perceived to be the most powerful country, has the world’s largest economy and biggest military budget, spending over $600 billion on military hardware and personnel in 2016.

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Israel​
Israel​

Israel and Saudi Arabia, who take eighth and ninth spots, respecitvely, spend a higher percentage of their GDP on military spending than the U.S. Countries perceived to be less powerful tended to be smaller nations with medium to small economies.

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