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U.S. Army Ranks No. 3 in Global Land Power Evaluation

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U.S. Army
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The U.S. Army ranks behind Russia and China in the 2019 Global Firepower ratings, which measure a nation’s conventional arms war-making capability, resources and finances.

The United States ranks first in total military power in the comparison of 137 countries, ahead of No. 2 Russia and No. 3 China, but ranks behind Russia and China in terms of land power.

The key reason is the U.S. has fewer armored fighting vehicles, self-propelled and towed artillery, and rocket projectors. The U.S. ranks third in tanks and armored fighting vehicles, third in self-propelled artillery and 15th in towed artillery, according to the Global Firepower assessment.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he sees the Army entering a great-power competition that requires modernization, so it is “ready to win decisively against any adversary, anytime and anywhere in a joint, combined, multi-domain, high-intensity conflict.”

“As the global threat landscape continues to shift toward great-power competition between near-peer adversaries, the Army will have the capacity to fight and win in all spectrums of conflict that may rise within the current and emerging geopolitical environments,” said McConville, who became the Army’s top uniformed leader and a member of the Joint Chief of Staff on Aug. 9.

The 2019 Global Firepower assessment is located here.