Take a look at the Economist’s illustration of the world’s standing military personnel by country. China boasts the largest numbers at over 2.25 million. Surprisingly (maybe?) China ties with the US on air force size and its navy isn’t far behind (worth noting that China’s air force alone dwarfs the size of Britain’s entire military). But as far as who is most “heavily militarized”, measured by personnel per 1,000 population, the USA is three times more militarized than China, and North Korea blows everybody else out of the water. And does that big grey “other” section of the Russian military make anybody else nervous?