posted on May, 5 2006 @ 08:38 AM
The 5 countries that always get forgotten in WWIII scenarios are Israel, India, Turkey, Pakistan, and Brazil. I don't think people realize just how
large, and indeed capable, the militaries of these countries really are. Those 5 counties exceed the military size of all of Europe minus Turkey, in
ground and air forces.
As far as the US Navy goes, let me point out just how superior the US Navy actually is in relation to the rest of the world.
If you add up the VLS on the 22 CG-52s, 62 DDG-51s, and 4 SSGNs, you end up with over 9,600 VLS cells, which combined with 400+ harpoons gives the
Navy 10,000 missiles to launch. That exceeds the missile capacity on the 366 major surface combatants found in the world’s next 17 largest
By 2021, you can also add the 7 DD(X)s (560 additional VLS cells) and 3 CG(X)s (384 additional VLS cells) that will be commissioned before retiring
the first of the 22 Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers currently in service.
That doesn't even include how the US Navy is often cited as being the 4th most powerful air force in the world today, behind the USAF, Israel, and
the UK. As China, Russia, and India continue to modernize their support aircraft, that will likely change. France and Germany could also effect that
ranking in a decade, assuming they increase and not decrease the size of their Air Force's.
Interesting discussions, but I think like anything it depends where the battle is fought, and which side countries like South Korea, France, Germany,
Japan, Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, and India fight on, not China or Russia so much, at least in a conventional war...today anyway.