The Global Military Balance – 2019 List

The following list is sourced from the 2019 edition of “The Military Balance” published annually by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. (Shown in this table by what countries have the most Total military personnel)

FlagCountryActive militaryReserve militaryParamilitaryTotalPer 1,000 capita
Per 1,000 capita
North Korea[119][Note 8]1,280,000600,0005,889,0007,769,000306.150.4
South Korea[147][148]599,0003,100,0003,009,0006,708,000130.511.6
Russia[135][Note 10]900,0002,000,000554,0003,454,00024.36.3
United States[170]1,379,800849,45002,229,2506.84.2
Cuba[41][Note 3]49,00039,0001,146,5001,234,500110.94.4
Iran[75][Note 4]610,000350,00040,0001,000,000127.3
Malaysia[100][Note 7]113,00051,600267,200431,80013.63.6

India operates call centers and tech support centers for many U.S. Companies which hold delicate information of U.S. Citizens.

China has control of a lot of U.S. manufacturing – including medical supplies and prescription drugs.

Both India and China have more military capacity than the United States.

To me, between just those two countries: India has information on the needs of U.S. citizens, the vulnerabilities of U.S. citizens. China has manufacturing control of those needs and vulnerabilities of U.S. Citizens.

That is a bit unnerving.

Double that down with an administration and congress controlled by the appetite of a socialist society in America.

This is the problem I see:

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the revenue center factor in defining the budget surplus, balance, or deficit. The U.S. deficit gets worsened when resource development and manufacturing goods are stymied by the Government.

Technology has become more of a ‘service’ instead a ‘product’ – by their company’s ingenuity. Which has led to a ‘tail wagging the dog scenario’ in our slow moving policymaking structure and court system.

We have an antiquated governance system where longevity has been awarded moreso than effectiveness.

The world does not work on longevity and life-long appointments. The U.S. is in dire need to evolve the systems and structures in place.

In a corporate budget, Research and Development is always a budget item that traditionally gets reduced when there is a projection variance. Charitable expenditures are often reviewed with more scrutiny as well.

Basing a government on a business plan of Research, Development and Charitable expenditures in the forefront is short sited. Especially when safety and security of U.S. Citizens is what is traded to accommodate that policy appetite.

My thoughts for the day…

Published by Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities. An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's. I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child. I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing. So for me, my goal is two-fold: 1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and, 2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board. There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not. I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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