2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength
About the Index
2023 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
AUKUS, All-Volunteer Force, the Real Cost of the Tools of War
About the Index
The only non-governmental and only annual assessment of U.S. Military Strength
Contributors and Acknowledgments
The contributions of a great many people make this type of publication possible.
Executive Summary of the 2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength
Each year, The Heritage Foundation’s Index of U.S. Military Strength employs a standardized, consistent set of criteria, accessible both to government officials and to the American public, to gauge the U.S. military’s ability to perform its missions in today’s world.
Informed deliberations on the status of America’s military power are desperately needed.
Senator James M. Inhofe (R–OK)Learn More
We are honored to dedicate the 2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength to Senator James M. Inhofe (R–OK).
Glossary of AbbreviationsView the Glossary
Find the definitions for abbreviations used throughout the 2023 Index.
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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