The military capability of a nation rests on a triangular base. The three pillars are:
- The armed forces on the basis of assets and training/preparation;
- Research and development capability;
- Manufacturing/industrial capacity
The military could also be classified into three distinct classes on the basis of its influence: Local, regional and global. However proficient a fighting force be, its reach will be localised if the nation's R&D and industrial capability are insignificant.
For a nation to aspire to enhance its military influence to the regional level, it has to progressively improve its industrial capability.
Finally, any military can have global influence only if the nation's R&D and industry are dominant players with a cutting edge over adversaries. This gives its military the first use of best weapon systems to develop operational concepts and tactics ahead of other nations.