American political commentator, former member of the United States House of Representatives, and retired US Army lieutenant colonel Allen Bernard West once said, “We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate’.” Military is an integral part of our society. Billions of dollars are spent each year for defence.
Here are the top 10 most powerful militaries in the world as of 2015. The ranking is based on research by Global Firepower (GFP) Power Index, which has used a formula that utilizes more than 50 different factors.
Japan is keen on protecting its influence in the region through defense programs and procurement initiatives. The nation has more than 247,746 active frontline personnel, 767 tanks, 1,595 aircraft and one aircraft carrier.
South Korea is gaining in military strength through local and foreign procurement projects. It has more than 640,000 active frontline personnel.