ROC’s Armed Forces are world’s 13th most powerful, says report
Taiwan’s military strength was rated the world’s 13th strongest, with the United States topping the global military power rankings, according to the latest research report published by Switzerland-based multinational financial services Credit Suisse.
The U.S. topped the list, with an overall score of 0.94, according to the September report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute. It was followed by Russia (0.8), China (0.79), Japan (0.72), India (0.69), France (0.61), South Korea ( 0.52), Italy ( 0.52), the United Kingdom (0.5) and Turkey (0.47), according to the report on the trend of globalization.
With a score of 0.41, Pakistan was rated No. 11, followed by Egypt (0.34), Taiwan (0.32), Israel ( 0.32), Australia ( 0.3), Thailand (0.28), Poland (0.23), Germany (0.19), Indonesia (0.12) and Canada ( 0.1), the report showed.
To give a sense of how major military powers relate to each other, Credit Suisse created a weighted military strength index which identifies six key elements of modern warfare (only con- ventional war capabilities were considered): active personnel, tanks, attack helicopters, aircraft, aircraft carriers and submarines, the report said.
Based on these elements of military strength, the report only listed the top 20 nations.
“Our analysis reveals the military superiority of the United States in conventional war capabilities compared to its close rivals. Its fleet of 13,900 aircraft, 920 attack helicopters, 20 aircraft carriers and 72 submarines far outweighs the military might of any of its close rivals and so does its defense spending worth US$610 billion in 2014, which is far more than the combined military expenditures of the next nine countries in our index,” the report said.
The report, however, noted that conventional forces are not the only indicator of military strength.
“Russia and the United States account for more than 90% of global inventories of nuclear weapons according to data provided by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) Yearbook 2015,” it added.