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2017 Military Strength Ranking

 

The complete Global Firepower list for 2017 puts the military powers of Balkan countries  into full perspective.

TABLE

Rank

Country

PowerIndex

GFP Affiliations

1

United States

0.0857

North America; NATO; Apacific

 

 

 

 

8

Turkey

0.2491

Middle East; NATO; Balkan; Asia

28

Greece

0.4981

Europe; NATO; EU; Balkan

42

Romania

0.7473

Europe; NATO; EU; Eastern Europe; Balkan

67

Bulgaria

1.0486

Europe; NATO; EU; Eastern Europe; Balkan

68

Croatia

1.0731

Europe; NATO; EU Balkan

83

Serbia

1.5591

Europe; Balkan

90

Albania

1.8465

Europe; NATO; Balkan

121

Bosnia and Herzegovina

3.0294

Europe; Balkan

122

FYR Macedonia

3.0503

Europe; Balkan

 

N.B. The finalized Global Firepower ranking relies on over 50 factors to determine a given nation's PowerIndex ('PwrIndx') score. Our formula allows smaller, though more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed ones. Modifiers (in the form of bonuses and penalties) are added to further refine the list. Some items to observe in regards to the finalized ranking:

+ Ranking does not simply rely on the total number of weapons available to any one country but rather focuses on weapon diversity within the number totals to provide a better balance of firepower available (i.e. fielding 100 minesweepers does not equal the strategic and tactical value of fielding 10 aircraft carriers).
+ Nuclear stockpiles are NOT taken into account but recognized / suspected nuclear powers receive a bonus.
+ Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources and local industry influence the final ranking.
+ Available manpower is a key consideration; nations with large populations tend to rank higher.
+ Land-locked nations are NOT penalized for lack of a navy; naval powers ARE penalized for lack of diversity in available assets.
+ NATO allies receive a slight bonus due to the theoretical sharing of resources.
+ Current political / military leadership is NOT taken into account.

Source: http://www.globalfirepower.com/

 

 

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