2018 Military Strength Ranking
The finalized Global Firepower ranking utilizes over 55 individual factors to determine a given nation’s PowerIndex (‘PwrIndx’) score. The unique, in-house formula allows for smaller, more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, though lesser-developed, ones. Modifiers (in the form of bonuses and penalties) are applied to further refine the list. A perfect PwrIndex score is 0.0000 which is realistically unattainable in the scope of the GFP formula.
Some qualities to observe in regards to the finalized ranking:
+ Ranking does not rely solely on total number of weapons available to any one country but rather focuses on weapon diversity.
+ Nuclear stockpiles are NOT taken into account but recognized / suspected nuclear powers are given a bonus.
+ First World, Second World, and Third World statuses are taken into account.
+ Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources, and local industry are influencers.
+ Total available manpower is a key consideration as it influences available personnel and industry.
+ Land-locked nations are NOT penalized for lack of a standing navy; However, naval powers ARE penalized for lack of diversity in available assets.
+ NATO allies receive a slight bonus due to the theoretical sharing of war-making resources.
+ A nation’s financial stability / health is taken into account.
+ Current political / military leadership is NOT taken into account.
For 2018 there are a total of 136 countries included in the GFP database. New to 2018 are Ireland, Montenegro, and Liberia.
Arrow graphics correspond to each nation’s placement against the previous year’s list. Green Arrows indicate an increase in rank whilst Red Arrows reflect varying degrees of decline. Gray ‘Double Arrows’ reflect virtually no change in ranking; this does not necessarily indicate no changes occurred across individual values but more so that changes were not great enough to affect year-over-year ranking. Increases / declines are based on many factors and can be related to equipment / manpower attrition, financial instability, population / resources fluxes, and the like.
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