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These are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world in 2019 and there's a clear winner — for now

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  The US is locked in an escalating face-off with top rivals
  Russia and China. But head-to-head comparisons of military
  strength are hard to come by.
  
  Comparing the power of conventional military forces is quite
  complicated, which is part of what makes the annual Global
  Firepower rankings so noteworthy.
  
  China, for instance, has only 1 operational aircraft carrier
  to the US's 11, but the People's Liberation Army-Navy is testing
  its second carrier at sea and has plans to build more.
  
  
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  The US is locked in an escalating face-off with top rivals Russia
  and China. But head-to-head comparisons of military strength are
  hard to come by - which is what makes the Global Firepower annual
  rankings so noteworthy.

  Their 2019 Military Strength Ranking draws
  on more than 55 factors to assign a Power Index score to 137
  countries - adding Moldova this year. (Global Firepower appears
  to have changed its methodology from that of previous lists the 2019,
  yielding different index numbers.)

  The ranking assesses the diversity of each country's weapons and
  pays particular attention to their available manpower. Geography,
  logistical capacity, available natural resources, and the status
  of local industry are also considered.

  Recognized nuclear powers receive a bonus, but their nuclear
  stockpiles are not factored into the score. Landlocked countries
  are not docked for lacking a navy, but countries with navies are
  penalized if their fleets lack diversity. (Helicopter carriers
  are included alongside traditional fleet carriers in Global
  Firepower's ranking.)

  NATO countries get a slight bonus because the alliance
  theoretically shares resources, but in general, a country's
  current political and military leadership was not considered
  (though financial health and stability are).

  The top power index score is 0.0000, which is "realistically
  unattainable," according to Global Firepower. The closer they are
  to this number, the more powerful their military is.

  Per these criteria, these are the 25 most powerful militaries in
  the world:


Their 2019 Military Strength Ranking draws on more than 55 factors to assign a Power Index score to 137 countries - adding Moldova this year. (Global Firepower appears to have changed its methodology from that of previous lists the 2019, yielding different index numbers.)

The ranking assesses the diversity of each country's weapons and pays particular attention to their available manpower. Geography, logistical capacity, available natural resources, and the status of local industry are also considered.

Recognized nuclear powers receive a bonus, but their nuclear stockpiles are not factored into the score. Landlocked countries are not docked for lacking a navy, but countries with navies are penalized if their fleets lack diversity. (Helicopter carriers are included alongside traditional fleet carriers in Global Firepower's ranking.)

NATO countries get a slight bonus because the alliance theoretically shares resources, but in general, a country's current political and military leadership was not considered (though financial health and stability are).

The top power index score is 0.0000, which is "realistically unattainable," according to Global Firepower. The closer they are to this number, the more powerful their military is.

Per these criteria, these are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world:

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