The 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength is The Heritage Foundation's second annual assessment of the United States Armed Forces' ability to provide for the common defense. As with the first edition, the 2016 Index continues to analyze the U.S. military's status in capacity, capability, and readiness. The publication looks at evolving threats and opportunities around the globe and how they contribute to and influence this ability and discusses how and why elements of national security grew better or worse over the past year.
The Index analyzes three components of U.S. military strength:
- The capabilities of each branch of U.S. military service.
- The nature and severity of major regional threats they may be called upon to deal with.
- The environments (presence/absence of allies, geographic challenges, etc.) in which they would have to operate.
Additionally, the 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength provides focused analysis of specific security themes such as the role of national defense, security challenges in Europe, the contributions of the Reserve Components to military strength, the status of America’s intelligence community, and an exploration of the spectrum of armed conflict.
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