Monday, January 21, 2019

Iran has a stronger military than Israel?

via Jerusalem Post.
Israel’s military has slipped below its arch-nemesis Iran in the ranking of military powers, ranking 16 out of 137 countries, according to the international defense site Global Firepower (GFP).

It was the third year in a row that Israel fell in the site’s ranking, falling one spot from the previous year and down five spots when it ranked 11th in 2016. Iran, meanwhile, climbed to 13th in 2018 from 20th in 2017.

According to the defense site, it only takes conventional military capabilities into account when compiling and factors in another 55 criteria, such as the range of weapons in its arsenal, amount of available manpower, abilities of the local defense industries, as well as natural resources, geographical size and economic strength.

“The unique, in-house formula allows for smaller, more technologically-advanced nations to compete with larger, though lesser-developed ones,” the site said, adding that “a perfect PwrIndex (Power Index) score is 0.0000 which is realistically unattainable in the scope of the GFP formula.”

The site also allows for one to compare two specific countries against each other, showing military data such as total manpower available, active personnel, total amount of reservists, and total military personnel. The site also shows the total amount of arms such as aircraft, tanks, naval assets as well as artillery strength.

Hmm.  I've sensed that the IDF has grown soft and this report confirms it.  I don't put much stock in numbers comparisons though.  The Quds Force has been getting a big time workout.  Iranian Commanders have been schooled at the knee of the Russians in Hybrid Warfare and IDF ground commanders have been in the relative lap of luxury while the Air Force has been conducting the brunt of the fighting in Syria (make no mistake...I'm sure the IDF has been running covert missions but the conventional army has been sidelined).

I worry about what the next ground war the IDF engages in looks like.

They've been bitten by the civilized/limited warfare bug and they will get slaughtered in the field because of it I fear.

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