Overall, the United States has the most powerful military on Earth, according to an analysis of the strength of 35 nations by Global Firepower and an infographic produced by Business Insider. However, other nations lead in individual categories such as personnel, equipment and weaponry.Continue Reading
The U.S. military has an annual budget of approximately $6.125 billion. This figure more than triples the annual military budget of the next-highest spender, China, with its annual military budget of $1.26 billion. Although China ranks third overall, the nation boasts the largest number of active personnel of any military, with a total of 2.285 million soldiers.
The United States far exceeds the number of aircraft carriers of any other nation with 10. The next-closest contender is India, which has two aircraft carriers. India is ranked fourth overall. North Korea leads in the number of submarines with a total of 78. The next-closest is the United States with 72. Russia leads in the number of nuclear warheads with a total of 8,484. The next-closest contender is the United States with 7,506.Learn more about Military
Pay scales for United States military members are available from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, an official U.S. Government website. The pay charts are in PDF format and are available for download or view in programs such as Adobe Reader.Full Answer >
The U.S. government purchases naval ships and other military supplies from private contractors in the United States and abroad. Lockheed Martin Corporation, Seyer Industries, Northrup Grumman Systems Corporation and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems are a few of the largest defense contractors that supply the U.S. Navy.Full Answer >
U.S. Army military bases located in the United States include Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as of October 2015. The U.S. Army also maintains military bases overseas, including in Afghanistan, Germany, Greece and Italy.Full Answer >
Some of the best boarding schools in the United States are located in New England, and the number one school in the country, according to a 2014 report by Business Insider, is Phillips Exeter Academy, known familiarly as Exeter. Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts, is number two.Full Answer >