posted on Sep, 2 2010 @ 04:03 PM
The US, hands-down...
RANGE-planes, subs, carriers, ships, missiles etc., all extend the country's range to the entire globe
RESPONSE TIME-carriers can bring a portable air base to be within distance of any potential threat, and numerous bases in numerous nations around the
world ensure a vital supply line anywhere, for rapid response.
SIZE-while lacking the sheer numbers of something like China, still an impressive force, especially in relation to the population.
TECHNOLOGY-the most advanced arsenal on the planet.
TRAINING-one of the best-trained standing armies in the world.
DEDICATION-all volunteer force.
Not to say that many other nations don't have excellent rankings in many of these categories, but across the board, I think the US has the advantage
in each one (except size, although including size when thinking of nuclear arsenal and variety of response craft). The US' weak point is that it is
spread, as the armed forces are involved in so many different police actions, etc. throughout the world.
Of course, with nukes in the equation, one could say it's all a moot point...but I'd like to think that we'd use such a response as a very last
resort... Still, we're the only nation that has actually USED them on an enemy...so we bear both the burden and responsibility of this.