How Strong Is America’s Military?

The presence of the United States can be felt across the world. But how strong is the U.S. military? The U.S. Army has 800 bases in more than 70 countries spread across the globe. The size of those bases varies from
extensive military compounds to small security locations called “Lily Pads”
and unconfirmed secret sites. The U.S. government spends more on defense
than any other country in the world. With an estimated $523.2 billion spent in 2017 its budget is significantly higher than the average
$48 billion per year spent by other countries. In 2017, the U.S. Army included 1.3 million active personnel and almost a million in reserve which makes it the third largest army
behind China and India It may fall short in numbers, but the U.S. Army has one of the world’s most
elite special forces: The Green Berets. Highly skilled and perfectly trained they are America’s first line of defense around the globe. The most dominating aspect of the U.S. Army
is its fleet of aircraft carriers They are 60% larger than their counterparts
and can carry up to 95 aircrafts. In addition to the 10 in operation, 2 new
carriers are under construction. The U.S. Air Force is the largest and
most sophisticated in the world with almost 14,000 aircraft. That’s more than China and Russia combined. 5th generation aircrafts are the latest
addition to their firepower. The F-35 and F-22 fighter jets have the world’s
most advanced stealth coating which reduces the chances of them being picked up by enemy radar. It’s not just new tech the Air Force uses. U.S. Cold War-era legacy bombers are still active, having been refurbished recently
to carry up to 20 nuclear missiles. The U.S. has 45% of the world’s nuclear weapon stockpile. While they have less warheads than the Cold War highs of the 1960s, The government plans to spend nearly
$350bn over the next decade in order to modernize America’s nuclear arsenal. Under the Trump administration,
military spending has increased. President Donald Trump signed
into law a defense policy bill, that increased the military budget
for 2018 to $700 billion. This budget increase will enable The U.S. army to upgrade its ground combat vehicles and purchase both additional strike fighter aircraft
and a new attack submarine. Such advances will mean that America continues
to be the world’s foremost military power.

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