There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
Every country is in the continuous race of upgrading their own defenses, and all want to be ready to meet any eventuality. Before we go into details, let me make it clear that this article just talks about numbers, and in no way does it reflect any country's actual capability, though that aspect has been taken into account too. Besides all the firepower, even strategy, intelligence inputs, specific situations, etc., play a significant part in determining the success or downfall of a nation during a conflict.
Being one of the world's top military takes a lot of doing, to say the least. Success is always a mix of quantity and quality, and just by numbers, success cannot be achieved. It has to be an overall mix of brawn and brain. Nevertheless, here are the world's top military powers, and the main aspects that determine their brute force.
The next 10 military powers in the world are Turkey (8.60), Pakistan (8.54), Israel (8.49), Egypt (8.49), Indonesia (8.48), Iran (8.44), Japan (8.42), Taiwan (8.28), Canada (8.27), and Thailand (8.21).
The numbers give us an overview of the strengths and firepower of the top ten military powers of the world. Rankings take into consideration many aspects such as intelligence, actual combat experience, training, skill, back-up, movement of troops and weapons, etc. Also, numbers will not be absolutely accurate, as they keep changing regularly according to specific needs and situations. An interesting fact is that, out of all the countries in the world, Israel has a reserve army that can be mobilized into actual combat more quickly than anyone else. Just numbers are not enough, and a good example is while comparing USA and China. Though China has an army nearly twice the size of the US, the strike power of the United States is much more than that of China. This is due to many other factors that we have mentioned, like training, skill, modernized equipment, strategy, intelligence inputs, etc. All in all, it can be safely said that these are the 10 top militaries in the world, as of today.
There are also many other things that need to be taken into consideration regarding the top ten. For example, the United States indulges in combat mainly in other countries, and for the purpose of quashing terrorism, rouge armies, and peacekeeping ventures. Some countries are engaged in continuous small skirmishes with their neighbors, and are active in protecting their own borders. Nuclear weapons are also a key factor, something that has never been used since the bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. God forbid, even if a war breaks out, in which multiple countries are involved, it is very unlikely that such weapons will be used, and the war(s) will be fought in the conventional ways itself. Another aspect is the type of weaponry - advanced military weapons, that a state possesses.
Getting into the top 10 military powers bracket is no mean task. Also, staying there is equally tough, as almost all countries are forever engaged in bettering themselves when it comes to their military capabilities. No one wants to be less than their immediate threat, and need to be ever-so-ready to face any unwanted situation. To summarize, a war is not something simple, and is best avoided.