Among the countries with the greatest arms potential in the world, Mexico ranked 38th out of 138 nations, according to a study by the Global Firepower Index (GFP), which studies the capacity and economic resources of each of the world's armies.
Since 2005, when the review of the world's powers began in terms of weapons, military budget, number of active military personnel, civilian reservists, and their land, air, and naval force status, Mexico has been ranked 15th out of 138 nations reviewed and is now 38th below countries like Colombia, Greece, South Africa, and Myanmar.
It is indicated that during the six years of Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican Armed Forces received approximately 932,836 million pesos, 649,259 pesos of budget to reinforce their military power.
During the six-year term of President Felipe Calderón alone, the Army and Air Force, as well as the Navy, received approximately 354.298 billion pesos. While with Enrique Peña Nieto the Army, Air Force, and Navy received a total of 578.538 billion pesos, 649,259 pesos.
In the ranking of the Global Firepower Index (GFP) Mexico was placed among the first 15 countries with substantial warfare capabilities in accordance with its geographical location, its number of inhabitants, natural resources available, it is per capita production, the number of active militaries, the number of civilian reservists and its state of the land, air, and naval forces. However, it has fallen from 14th to 38th place among 138 nations reviewed annually.
Between 2007 and 2009, when Felipe Calderón declared war on drug trafficking, the power of the Navy and Navy ranked 14th, above Canada, Iran, Egypt, and North Korea and their nuclear capabilities, and below Indonesia, South Korea, Italy, and England, and their military power.
This year, the Armed Forces have had to slow down their institutional development dynamics and modernization and military growth programs in the land, air, and sea armies, in view of the health crisis unleashed by the Covid-19, since they are the ones who will be in charge of managing the hospitals receiving patients with this virus, and guarding the supply and medicine chain.
The first place on the list is the United States, followed by Russia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea, where Mexico is in 38th place, falling four places from last year, reported GFP.