Conventional military strength; measured in terms of defence spending, armed forces and organisation, weapons and platforms, signature capabilities and Asian military posture.
Military capability is calculated using a weighted average of scores across 5 sub-measures and 22 indicators.
In 2023, most scores for the top 10 countries are stable for military capability. The United States has the highest score (90.7), followed by China (68.1) and Russia (52.5). South Korea has gained the most points (+1.4), while North Korea has lost the most points (−1.6).
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Annual expenditure allocated to maintaining, renewing, replacing and expanding military capabilityView all submeasure scores
Total active military and paramilitary forces, readiness, and organisationView all submeasure scores
Weapons and platforms
Land, maritime and air warfare assets and capabilitiesView all submeasure scores
Capabilities that confer significant or asymmetric tactical and strategic advantages in warfareView all submeasure scores
Asian military posture
Ability to deploy rapidly and for a sustained period in the event of an interstate conflict in AsiaView all submeasure scores