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According to Global Firepower, a prominent data website specializing in defence-related information, the United States possesses the most powerful military force worldwide. Russia and China follow closely in second and third place, respectively, while India secures the fourth position. The recently released 2023 Military Strength list, which evaluates over 60 factors, also highlights nations with comparatively weaker military forces such as Bhutan and Iceland.

Assessment of the report:

The assessment by Global Firepower takes into account various criteria, including the number of military units, financial resources, logistical capabilities, and geographical considerations, to determine each nation’s overall score. The report lists 145 countries and also compares each nation’s year-on-year ranking changes.

  • The top four nations remain as they were in the 2022 Global Firepower list. In a shift from the previous year’s rankings, the United Kingdom has advanced from eighth to fifth place in terms of military strength. South Korea retains its sixth position from last year.
  • Notably, Pakistan has entered the top 10, securing the seventh spot. Conversely, Japan and France, which held the fifth and seventh positions respectively last year, have dropped to eighth and ninth this year.

Here are the 10 nations with the most powerful militaries in the world:

Rank Country
1 United States
2 Russia
3 China
4 India
5 United Kingdom
6 South Korea
7 Pakistan
8 Japan
9 France
10 Italy

Here are the 10 nations with the least powerful militaries in the world:

Rank Country
1 Bhutan
2 Benin
3 Moldova
4 Somalia
5 Liberia
6 Suriname
7 Belize
8 Central African Republic
9 Iceland
10 Sierra Leone

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