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Most powerful military nations of 2017

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 51: ROCKHAMPTON, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09: Captain Nick Garrett from Headquarters 7 Brigade looks through the sights of his rifle as part of exercise Talisman Sabre on July 9, 2015 in Rockhampton, Australia. Talisman Sabre is a biennial military exercise that trains Australian and U.S. forces to plan and conduct combined task force operations to improve combat readiness and interoperability on a variety of missions from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance efforts. TS15 will incorporate force preparation activities, Special Forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and the coordinated firing of live ammunition and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Using more than 50 factors to determine a country’s Power Index, the Global Firepower 2017 list ranks the most powerful military nations in the world. The list ranks 127 advanced and lesser developed nations, based on factors such as their geographical location, natural resource reliance, manpower and current economic health. It must be noted that nuclear capability and current political/military leadership is not taken into account. Also, land-locked nations are not penalized for not having a standing navy. Here's a look at the 50 most powerful military nations, according to the list, as of April 25, 2017.

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