The United States Defense budget has experienced cuts, but it is still the world’s strongest military by far, according to a report on globalization from Credit Suisse.

Russia and China remain its closest rivals.

To provide a benchmark, the report assigns weighted values for six variables before tabulating a final score.

The factors under consideration for military strength and their total weights are number of active personnel (5% of total score), tanks (10%), attack helicopters (15%), aircraft (20%), aircraft carriers (25%), and submarines (25%).

The ranking is on purely quantitative terms and does not account for the quality of arms or training. (Source – Business Insider)


No. 20. Canada

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A Canadian soldier on patrol in Afghanistan. (MCpl. Angela Abbey/Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

Budget: $15.7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 92,000
Tanks: 181
Total aircraft: 420
Submarines: 4


No. 19. Indonesia

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Indonesian soldiers arrive at Talang Betutu airport in Palembang to reinforce firefighter teams in south Sumatra Province on September 10, 2015. (Beawiharta Beawiharta/REUTERS)

Budget: $6.9 billion
Active frontline personnel: 476,000
Tanks: 468
Total aircraft: 405
Submarines: 2


No. 18. Germany

German special forces. (Fabian Bimmer/REUTERS)
German special forces. (Fabian Bimmer/REUTERS)

Budget: $40.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 179,046
Tanks: 408
Total aircraft: 663
Submarines: 4


No. 17. Poland

Polish servicemen take part in military exercises outside the town of Yavoriv near Lviv on September 19, 2014. (Roman Baluk/Reuters)
Polish servicemen take part in military exercises outside the town of Yavoriv near Lviv on September 19, 2014. (Roman Baluk/Reuters)

Budget: $9.4 billion
Active frontline personnel: 120,000
Tanks: 1,009
Total aircraft: 467
Submarines: 5


No. 16. Thailand

A Thai solider keeps guard from a military helicopter after arriving in southern Thailand's Narathiwat Province on March 2, 2007. (Surapan Boonthanom/REUTERS)
A Thai solider keeps guard from a military helicopter after arriving in southern Thailand’s Narathiwat Province on March 2, 2007. (Surapan Boonthanom/REUTERS)

Budget: $5.39 billion
Active frontline personnel: 306,000
Tanks: 722
Total aircraft: 573
Submarines: 0


No. 15. Australia

An Australian army soldier with the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment makes his way up a beach after landing in an amphibious assault vehicle.  (Hugh Gentry/REUTERS)

Budget: $26.1 billion
Active frontline personnel: 58,000
Tanks: 59
Total aircraft: 408
Submarines: 6


No. 14. Israel

Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border on January 28, 2015. (Ariel Schalit/AP)
Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border on January 28, 2015. (Ariel Schalit/AP)

Budget: $17 billion
Active frontline personnel: 160,000
Tanks: 4,170
Total aircraft: 684
Submarines: 5


No. 13. Taiwan

A trainee leopard-crawls along a 50-meter-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan marines' frogmen "Road to Heaven" test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung, on January 19, 2011. (Nicky Loh/REUTERS)
A trainee leopard-crawls along a 50-meter-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan marines’ frogmen “Road to Heaven” test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung, on January 19, 2011. (Nicky Loh/REUTERS)

Budget: $10.7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 290,000
Tanks: 2,005
Total aircraft: 804
Submarines: 4


No. 12. Egypt

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Armored personnel carriers and tanks in the Egyptian military. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Budget: $4.4 billion
Active frontline personnel: 468,500
Tanks: 4,624
Total aircraft: 1,107
Submarines: 4


No. 11. Pakistan

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Pakistani soldiers stand guard as people, who fled the military offensive against militants in North Waziristan, receive food supplies from the army in Bannu. (Thomson Reuters)

Budget: $7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 617,000
Tanks: 2,924
Total aircraft: 914
Submarines: 8


No. 10. Turkey

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Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa Province on October 6, 2014. (Umit Bektas/REUTERS)

Budget: $18.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 410,500
Tanks: 3,778
Total aircraft: 1,020
Submarines: 13


No. 9. UK

British army Cpl. Birendra Limbu of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles shows his rifle to Afghan children. (Shamil Zhumatov/REUTERS)
British army Cpl. Birendra Limbu of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles shows his rifle to Afghan children. (Shamil Zhumatov/REUTERS)

Budget: $60.5 billion
Active frontline personnel: 146,980
Tanks: 407
Total aircraft: 936
Submarines: 10


No. 8. Italy

An Italian air force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter patrols over the Baltics during a NATO air-policing mission from Zokniai air base near Siauliai on February 10, 2015. (Ints Kalnins/REUTERS)
An Italian air force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter patrols over the Baltics during a NATO air-policing mission from Zokniai air base near Siauliai on February 10, 2015. (Ints Kalnins/REUTERS)

Budget: $34 billion
Active frontline personnel: 320,000
Tanks: 586
Total aircraft: 760
Submarines: 6


No. 7. South Korea

Members of South Korea's special forces participate in military training. (Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg/US Marine Corps)
Members of South Korea’s special forces participate in military training(Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg/US Marine Corps)

Budget: $62.3 billion
Active frontline personnel: 624,465
Tanks: 2,381
Total aircraft: 1,412
Submarines: 13


No. 6. France

French soldiers patrol in the Terz valley, about 37 miles south of the town of Tessalit in northern Mali on March 20, 2013. (Stringer/REUTERS)
French soldiers patrol in the Terz valley, about 37 miles south of the town of Tessalit in northern Mali on March 20, 2013. (Stringer/REUTERS)

Budget: $62.3 billion
Active frontline personnel: 202,761
Tanks: 423
Total aircraft: 1,264
Submarines: 10


No. 5. India

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India’s Rapid Action Force personnel inside their base camp in New Delhi on November 6, 2014. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

Budget: $50 billion
Active frontline personnel: 1,325,000
Tanks: 6,464
Total aircraft: 1,905
Submarines: 15


No. 4. Japan

Japanese tanks and helicopters participate in a military-training exercise. (Yuya Shino/REUTERS)
Japanese tanks and helicopters participate in a military-training exercise. (Yuya Shino/REUTERS)

Budget: $41.6 billion
Active frontline personnel: 247,173
Tanks: 678
Total aircraft: 1,613
Submarines: 16


No. 3. China

A Chinese soldier takes part in a drill during heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province. (REUTERS/CDIC)
A Chinese soldier takes part in a drill during heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province. (REUTERS/CDIC)

Budget: $216 billion
Active frontline personnel: 2,333,000
Tanks: 9,150
Total aircraft: 2,860
Submarines: 67

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No. 2. Russia

Russian soldiers on military armored-personnel carriers on a road near the Crimean port city of Sevastopol on March 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Russian soldiers on military armored-personnel carriers on a road near the Crimean port city of Sevastopol on March 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Budget: $84.5 billion
Active frontline personnel: 766,055
Tanks: 15,398
Total aircraft: 3,429
Submarines: 55


No. 1. US

The F-22 and F-35 flying together. (USAF)
The F-22 and F-35 flying together. (USAF)

Budget: $601 billion
Active frontline personnel: 1,400,000
Tanks: 8,848
Total aircraft: 13,892
Submarines: 72

The US has the world’s largest fleet of aircraft carriers (10). India with the second largest fleet is currently constructing its third.

It also has the best military technology and the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.