Special Report

The World’s 20 Strongest Militaries

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10. Brazil
> Global Firepower PowerIndex score: 0.170
> Armed forces personnel: 762,000 (0.7% of labor force)
> Active military aircraft: 669 (1.3% of global fleet)
> Defense expenditure, 2020: $19.7 (1.4% of GDP)

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9. Pakistan
> Global Firepower PowerIndex score: 0.157
> Armed forces personnel: 943,000 (1.3% of labor force)
> Active military aircraft: 1,387 (2.6% of global fleet)
> Defense expenditure, 2020: $10.4 (4.0% of GDP)

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8. United Kingdom
> Global Firepower PowerIndex score: 0.138
> Armed forces personnel: 149,000 (0.4% of labor force)
> Active military aircraft: 693 (1.3% of global fleet)
> Defense expenditure, 2020: $59.2 (2.2% of GDP)

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7. France
> Global Firepower PowerIndex score: 0.128
> Armed forces personnel: 304,000 (1.0% of labor force)
> Active military aircraft: 1,055 (2.0% of global fleet)
> Defense expenditure, 2020: $52.7 (2.1% of GDP)

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6. South Korea
> Global Firepower PowerIndex score: 0.126
> Armed forces personnel: 613,000 (2.1% of labor force)
> Active military aircraft: 1,595 (3.0% of global fleet)
> Defense expenditure, 2020: $45.7 (2.8% of GDP)

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