An error occured. Details Hide
You have unsaved pages. Restore Cancel
With the international community still assessing the implications of NATO's first deployment test of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in June in western Poland, the question becomes: how does NATO rank among other military alliances worldwide?  For the purposes of the June exercise, 2,100 soldiers and over 300 vehicles were deployed to Poland within four days, using six trains, 16 flights, and 14 convoys, according to western press reports. In the event of a real crisis, however, the necessary approval of all 28 NATO members to deploy the VJTF would potentially lengthen the response time.
 
Overall, military expenditures of NATO countries are 62 percent higher than the military spending of all other countries combined, according to a report from Global Fire Power. NATO and Major non-NATO Allies have developed more attack air forces and naval power than the rest of the world combined. NATO and its closest allies also have more tanks, artillery, and manpower than the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Collective Security Treaty, including China.
 

Select the indicator to compare NATO forces to other military alliances and the "rest of the world."

Source: Global Firepower, April 2015. For the country membership details on referenced groups, refer to the legend at the bottom of the page.

Related Data Insights

The 2017 Global Peace Index | Militarization

The 2017 Global Peace Index: Armed Conflicts | Safety and Security | Militarization

World Armed Conflicts Statistics

Armed conflict is defined by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) as a contested incompatibility that concerns government or territory where the use of armed force between two parties, of which at least one is the government of a state, results in at least 25 battle-related deaths. Country of conflict is a country whose government has a primary claim to the issue in dispute and not the geographical location of the conflict. There are three different types of conflict: interstate, internal, and internationalized internal. Interstate armed conflict occurs between two or more states. Internal conflict occurs between the government of a...

Total Naval Strenght

Global Firepower (GFP) provides a unique analytical display of data concerning today's world military powers. Over 1000 world powers are considering in the ranking which allows for a broad spectrum of comparisons to be achieved concerning relative military strengths.The user should note that nuclear capability is not taken into account as that would defeat the purpose of such comparisons. Instead, the GFP ranking is based strictly on each nations potential conventional war-making capabilities across land, sea and air. The final ranking also incorporates values related to resources, finances and geography. Some statistics have been estimated...

The World - Paramount Armed Forces

A Country's projection of power relies in large part upon its military capabilities. Successfully being able to project and wield that power is a key diplomatic asset. America's biggest conventional military advantages is its fleet of 19 aircrafts carriers, compared to 12 carriers operated by the rest of the World combined. These massive carriers allow the US to setup forward operating bases anywhere and project power throughtout the World.