If War Between U.S., Russia Did Actually Begin, How Do The Military Forces Compare?

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April 07, 2017Apr 07, 2017

Russian President Putin strongly condemned President Trump’s strike on a Syrian military base behind the deadly chemical attacks by President Assad in Syria.

He called it an “act of aggression against a sovereign country,” adding, according to USA Today, that "Washington’s move substantially impairs Russian-U.S. relations, which are in a deplorable state as it is.”

While it seems like Russia may just be saber rattling at this point, what would happen if war between the U.S. and Russian actually began? How does our military force compare to theirs?

That question has been asked in recent years following the height of Russia’s conflicts with Ukraine and the country of Georgia.

UK’s The Telegraph ran a GlobalFirepower.com graphic in 2015 comparing Russia to the U.S. and UK in military might:

It appears that, at least in 2015, the U.S. military vastly outmatched Russia’s, but Nikolas Gvosdev of The National Interest points out that exact numbers on Russia are iffy because the country doesn’t like to be transparent.

And what if China and its military of 2.3 million entered the fray on Russia’s side? And North Korea with its 1.2 million active soldiers? Likely, the largest military forces in Western Europe would side with America, like the UK, France, and Germany, but their military might pales in comparison.

Then, of course, both sides could start stacking up their allies all around the globe for World War III, and it could all get very, very messy.

We pray that it doesn't come to that.

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