Some raw data from "Military Balance 2014" 2nd edition, as published by the IISS

This allows a simple comparison of Euroopean NATO, EU and Russia+Belarus military power

created in October 2015
for the Defence and Freedom blog
http://defense‐and‐freedom.blogspot.de/

1= true, 0=false
*: Excluding Turkey

**: Excluding regiments without infantry and independent regiments

EU
Albania
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lith
Lithuania
i
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
Sums

European* NATO
1

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

Military budget in 
million US$ (2013)

Active military  ground forces ‐ manoeuvre 
personnel
brigades**

182
3230
5290
751
813
460
2180
4510
480
3810
52400
44200
5680
1200
0
1200
25200
300
355
188
60
7790
7520
9830
2090
2470
995
474
8720
6630
57000

14250
22800
30700
31300
16550
12000
23650
17200
5750
22200
222200
186450
143350
26500
0
9350
176000
5310
11800
900
1950
37400
25800
99300
42600
71400
15850
7600
134900
15300
169150

1
4
2
2
2
4
2
1
1
13
,
5,5
7
21
2
0
2
11
1
1
0
0
3
1
11
3
9
2
1
8
2
5

256008

1599510

128

USD 256 bn

1.60 million

about 100                
real brigade equivalents

EU
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
C hR
Czech Republi
bli
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
S d
Sweden
United Kingdo
sums

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

Military 
budget in 
million US$
million US$ 
(2013)
3230
5290
751
813
460
2180
4510
480
3810
52400
44200
5680
1200
1200
25200
300
355
188
60
7790
9830
2470
995
474
8720
6630
57000
246216

Active 
military 
personnel

ground forces ‐ manoeuvre 
brigades**
brigades

22800
30700
31300
16550
12000
23650
17200
5750
22200
222200
186450
143350
26500
9350
176000
5310
11800
900
1950
37400
99300
71400
15850
7600
134900
1
15300
300
169150

4
2
2
2
4
2
1
1
13
5,5
7
21
2
2
11
1
1
0
0
3
11
9
2
1
8
2
5

1516860

123

USD 246 bn 1.51 million

about 100                
real brigade equivalents
real brigade equivalents

European* 
NATO
Albania
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
United Kingdom
sums

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

Military 
budget in 
million US$ 
(2013)
182
5290
751
813
2180
4510
480
52400
44200
5680
1200
0
25200
300
355
188
7790
7520
9830
2090
2470
995
474
8720
57000
240618

USD 240 bn

Active 
military 
personnel

ground forces ‐ manoeuvre 
brigades**

14250
30700
31300
16550
23650
17200
5750
222200
186450
143350
26500
0
176000
5310
11800
900
37400
25800
99300
42600
71400
15850
7600
134900
169150

1
2
2
2
2
1
1
5,5
7
21
2
0
11
1
1
0
3
1
11
3
9
2
1
8
5

1515910

103

1.51 million

about 80                  
real brigade equivalents

Military budget in 
million US$ 
(2012/13)
Belarus
552
Russia
68200
Russia ‐ Weste
n/a

Sums

68752
USD 68.7 bn

Active military 
personnel

ground forces ‐ manoeuvre 
brigades

48000
845000
unknown

6
52
12

893000

58

893,000

approx. 40‐70
real brigade equivalents

Russian brigades total:
Armoured
1 (4th) Tank Div  (same OOB as the brigades, thus counted as brigade)
3 Tank brigades
Mechanised
2 Motorized Rifle Divisions (counted as 2 brigades each)
32 Motorized Rifle Brigades
2 light/mountain Motorized Rifle Brigades
1 MGA Division (counted as 2 brigades)
4 airborne Divisions and 7 (Spetznaz) SF brigades ‐ (counted as 8 brigades)
Western Military District:
12 brigades (counted as explained above)
Central & Eastern Military Districts are far from Europe
Southern Military District is facing Turkey
(which doesn't count in "European NATO" or "EU" comparison)

2012 budget
2013 budget

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