Budget: $15.7 billion Active frontline personnel: 92,000 Tanks: 181 Total aircraft: 420 Submarines: 4
Canada ended up at the bottom of the list due to the country's small number of active personnel, its lack of aircraft carriers and attack helicopters, and its small number of tanks and submarines. However, Canada has still taken part in US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and it is a member of the NATO military alliance.
Canada is also a partner in the US F-35 program, although it may decline the purchase of F-35s depending upon the outcome of elections in October.
Budget: $6.9 billion Active frontline personnel: 476,000 Tanks: 468 Total aircraft: 405 Submarines: 2
The Indonesian military placed above Canada due its high numbers of active personnel and its relatively large number of tanks. The military, however, suffers from a lack of carriers and aircraft, as well as a minute number of submarines.
Budget: $40.2 billion Active frontline personnel: 179,046 Tanks: 408 Total aircraft: 663 Submarines: 4
The German military ended up low on the list due to their lack of power projection platforms. Germany does not have an aircraft carrier and has relatively few submarines which, according to the Credit Suisse methodology, drops its ranking.
But Germany does have a fair number of attack helicopters. Recently, the country has started considering offering military support to eastern European NATO members.
Budget: $9.4 billion Active frontline personnel: 120,000 Tanks: 1,009 Total aircraft: 467 Submarines: 5
Poland edges out Germany in the list due to its larger number of tanks and a more fleshed out submarine fleet. Poland has also drastically increased its military spending in reaction to Russia's seizure of Crimea and the ongoing Ukraine crisis.
Budget: $5.39 billion Active frontline personnel: 306,000 Tanks: 722 Total aircraft: 573 Submarines: 0
Thailand's military is currently in control of the country following a coup in May 2014. The military is a major player in maintaining Thai unity, and Thailand receives strong scores from Credit Suisse for its number of active personnel, its number of tanks, and its possession of an aircraft carrier.
Thailand also scores well as it has an aircraft carrier, although it does not have an aircraft fleet to complement the vessel.
Budget: $26.1 billion Active frontline personnel: 58,000 Tanks: 59 Total aircraft: 408 Submarines: 6
Australia's military is comparatively small — it receives bottom scores on the report for the number of active personnel and the number of tanks. It also receives near bottom scores for the number of aircraft it has in its fleet.
Credit Suisse boosts Australia's ranking due to its attack helicopters and submarines though.
Budget: $17 billion Active frontline personnel: 160,000 Tanks: 4,170 Total aircraft: 684 Submarines: 5
In absolute terms, Israel has a small military. But with mandatory military service a large percentage of the Israeli population is militarily ready. With a past history of being surrounded by aggressive neighbors, Israel also has a large tank, aircraft, and attack helicopter fleet.
Budget: $10.7 billion Active frontline personnel: 290,000 Tanks: 2,005 Total aircraft: 804 Submarines: 4
Threatened by China, which continues to have plans for how to invade and retake the country, Tawain has focused its military development on defensive plans. As such, the island has the fifth highest number of attack helicopters in the list. It also has a fairly large fleet of aircraft and a number of tanks.
Budget: $4.4 billion Active frontline personnel: 468,500 Tanks: 4,624 Total aircraft: 1,107 Submarines: 4
The Egyptian military is one of the oldest and largest armed forces in the Middle East. It receives substantial financial aid from the US and has the fifth largest tank fleet in the world. Ithas over 1,000 M1A1 Abrams tanks, many of which sit in storage and have never been used.
Budget: $60.5 billion Active frontline personnel: 146,980 Tanks: 407 Total aircraft: 936 Submarines: 10
Although the UK is planning to reduce the size of its armed forces by 20% between 2010 and 2018, it can count on being able to project its power around the world.
The Royal Navy is planning to put the HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier that has a flight deck measuring at 4.5 acres, into service in 2020, carrying 40 F-35B joint strike fighters across the globe.
Budget: $34 billion Active frontline personnel: 320,000 Tanks: 586 Total aircraft: 760 Submarines: 6
The Italian military placed highly on Credit Suisse's report due to the country's possession of two active aircraft carriers. These carriers, in addition to the country's relatively large submarine and attack helicopter fleets, drastically boosted Italy's ranking.
7) South Korea
Budget: $62.3 billion Active frontline personnel: 624,465 Tanks: 2,381 Total aircraft: 1,412 Submarines: 13
South Korea has been left with little choice but to have a large and capable military in the face of potential North Korean aggression. With those realities in mind, South Korea has a number of submarines, attack helicopters, and active personnel.
The country also has numerous tanks and the sixth largest air force in the world.
Budget: $62.3 billion Active frontline personnel: 202,761 Tanks: 423 Total aircraft: 1,264 Submarines: 10
The French military is relatively small but highly trained, professional, and capable of force projection.
The country has the nearly new aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle, and France routinely engages in military deployments throughout Africa to help stabilize governments and fight against extremism.
Budget: $50 billion Active frontline personnel: 1,325,000 Tanks: 6,464 Total aircraft: 1,905 Submarines: 15
India is one of the largest military powers on the planet. It has the most active manpower of any country aside from China and the US, in addition to the most tanks and aircraft of any country besides the US, China, or Russia.
India also has access to nuclear weapons. It's expected to become the fourth highest military spender on earth by 2020.
Budget: $41.6 billion Active frontline personnel: 247,173 Tanks: 678 Total aircraft: 1,613 Submarines: 16
In absolute terms, the Japanese military is relatively small. Nonetheless, the country is extremely well equipped.
According to Credit Suisse, it has the fourth largest submarine fleet in the list. Japan also has four aircraft carriers, although these vessels are only equipped with helicopter fleets.
Japan also has the fourth largest attack helicopter fleet behind China, Russia, and the US.
Budget: $216 billion Active frontline personnel: 2,333,000 Tanks: 9,150 Total aircraft: 2,860 Submarines: 67
The Chinese military has grown rapidly in terms of both size and capability in the past few decades. In terms of raw manpower, it's the largest military in the world. It also has the second largest tank fleet behind Russia and the second largest submarine fleet behind the US.
China has also made rapid strides in its military modernization program, now developing a range of potentially game-changing military technologies including ballistic missiles and fifth-generation aircraft.
Budget: $84.5 billion Active frontline personnel: 766,055 Tanks: 15,398 Total aircraft: 3,429 Submarines: 55
The Russian armed forces are the unquestioned second strongest military power in the world. Russia has the world's largest tank fleet, the second largest aircraft fleet behind the US, and the third largest submarine fleet behind the US and China.
The Kremlin's military spending has increasedby almost a third since 2008 and is expected to grow 44% more in the next three years. Russia has also demonstrated its ability to project force abroad with its deployment of soldiers to Syria.
Budget: $601 billion Active frontline personnel: 1,400,000 Tanks: 8,848 Total aircraft: 13,892 Submarines: 72
Despite sequestration and other spending cuts, the United States spends more money — $601 billion — on defense than the next nine countries on Credit Suisse's index combined.
America's biggest conventional military advantage is its fleet of 10 aircraft carriers. In comparison India, which is constructing its third carrier, has the second-most carriers in the world.
The US also has by far the most aircraft of any country, cutting-edge technology like the Navy's new rail gun, a large and well-trained human force — and that's not even counting the world's largest nuclear arsenal.