The economics of war.


A country needs and must have a powerful army to protect and defend its own right to exist both domestically and internationally. However, not all armies are the same.

Here are the top 10 armies in the world.


Turkey has 410,000-425,000 military members using 4,600 tanks and nearly 1,000 aircraft with a budget of $ 18,2 billion. This makes Turkey one of the largest army in the Eastern Mediterranean with one of the most powerful tank fleet in the world and, only a few countries have more submarines than them.


The United Kingdom has over 205,000 – 215,000 active service members in their military that utilize over 405 tanks, 908 aircraft and 225 nuclear weapons. Their military budget ranges from $53-$65 billion in order to properly fund this sort of protection


Germany has a military budget of $40 – $45 billion with 183,000 active members protecting their country of 80 million people. While they do not have nuclear weapons or aircraft carriers, they have 4 submarines, 408 tanks and 710 aircrafts. But do not let these numbers fool you or give you an erroneous representation of the German military capacity. Among their aircraft supply there is an outstanding fleet of attack helicopters which they use to landing aid to some of the Nato’s Eastern European nations.


With $33 – 62$ billion military annual budget being allocated to support over 640,000 active service members to protect 49 million people, South Korea has really to put out the big guns to protect themselves from looming aggression from neighboring North Korea. They have about 13 submarines, 2,381 tanks and over 1,400 aircrafts. Given they have all bases covered when it comes to pending attacks, South Korea has also the sixth largest air force in the world.


France has over 66 million people in their population, and the world knows they have been going through some turmoil. With over 229,000 soldiers, France has an annual budget of $43 billion that finance about 425 tanks, 1210 aircrafts, and 300 nuclear weapons. While their military seems small, but their army is known to be one of the best well trained and highly skilled in the world.


Japan’s population is about 126 million people, and the country can count on 247,000 military members to protect the country. With a budget of $41 – %49 billion, Japan is able to provide the military with 770 tanks and 1,600 aircrafts. Japan has also 4 aircraft carriers equipped only with helicopter fleets.


India has 1.3 million active members to protect their population of 1.2 billion people, making it one of the largest armies in the world. Not only that, they have between 80-100 nuclear warheads, making it a powerful ally and a terrifying enemy. Their budget is between $46 – $50 billion dollars that funds over 6,000 tanks and over 2,000 aircrafts.


China has the most listed service members with an impressive 2.2 million active members. Their budget is about $ 131 billion per year but with peaks of $ 216 billion dollars. China has about 9,100 tanks and 2,800 aircrafts. China has also the second largest submarine fleet in the world behind only the U.S. China has also in recently years modernized the navy fleet by adding new aircraft carrier and most advanced ships.


Russia has over 766,000 military members protecting their country population of 142 million people. The yearly budget for their army ranges between $76-$85 billion. What is interesting about Russia is that they have the most tanks in the world with over 15,000 units as well as over 8,400 nuclear weapons


U.S. has a population of 321 million people to protect with 1,4 million enlisted members. The budget allocated on a yearly basis is about $600-$620 billion that funds about 13,000 aircrafts, 8,000 tanks and 72 submarines. Furthermore, the U.S. army has about 7,500 nuclear warheads.


If we consider also the traveling and tourism industry business directly involved in providing hospitality and traveling services to the military then the business revenue generated worldwide is about $ 7,000 billion with about 50-60 million jobs created in the tourism sectors just for providing traveling and hospitality services to the world’s military machine.

These conclusions are very limited and cannot be considered complete because the assumptions is that the world is at peace. Meaning the hypothesis of the writer is based on the considerations that this are just the figures in time of peace. However, during war time, the military machine generates 3-4 times more business not calculating the business created by reconstruction and financing of the war supplies.


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