8) Taiwan (PwrIndx: 0.7564)
Officially the Republic of China, Taiwan maintains a large technologically advanced military. Although this fact seems largely unnoticed, Taiwan’s military buildup has succeeded and is now largely complete. The present military balance across the Taiwan Strait is somewhat more favorable for Taiwan, though Taiwan’s relative strength will inexorably decline over the next decade as China’s modernization effort continues.
7) Pakistan (PwrIndx: 0.7369)
Pakistan is a regional and middle power, and has the seventh largest standing armed forces in the world.
6) Israel (PwrIndx: 0.5887)
Israel has one of the highest ratios of defense spending to GDP of all developed nations. The Israel Defense Forces is the sole military wing of the Israel security forces. It comprises of the army, air force and navy.
5) Japan (PwrIndx: 0.5581)
Even though Japan has officially denounced its right to declare war, it maintains a modern military with the world’s eighth largest military budget. Its military might is used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. The deployment of troops to Iraq marked the first overseas use of Japan’s military since the Second World War.