2024 Index of U.S. Military Strength
2024 Index of
U.S. Military Strength
The only non-governmental and only annual assessment of U.S. Military StrengthDownload
Assessing the Global Operating Environment
Europe, Middle East, Asia
Assessing Threats to U.S. Vital Interests
China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Non-State Actors
An Assessment of U.S. Military Power
Army, Navy, USAF, USMC, Space, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense, Cyber
Ten Years in Review
About the Index
The only non-governmental and only annual assessment of U.S. Military Strength
Ambassador J. William Middendorf IILearn More
We are honored to dedicate the 2024 Index of U.S. Military Strength to Ambassador J. William Middendorf II.
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The assessment portion of the Index of U.S. Military Strength is composed of three major sections that address America’s military power, the operating environments within or through which that power must be employed, and threats to U.S. vital national interests.
This Index measures the capability of the U.S. military based on the current state of its combat equipment. Four factors are key to this assessment. This appendix presents each of the services’ principal combat platforms and corresponding modernization programs, scoring them in each of the four factors.
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