America may have the larger military, but right now it looks like Putin has his man in the Oval Office.
So what kind of threat does Russia present to the US, say in the possible - however unlikely at the moment - scenario that Putin secretly demanded that Trump stand down US forces before a Russian first strike. Not just stand down, but reveal the location of US assets like ballistic missile subs, remember, Trump fired Comey apparently to make the Russians he was going to be seeing the next day happy. Russians who he passed highly classified material to and told he fired the “nut job” Comey for investigating his link to Putin.
In January 2016 Russia was estimated to have 525 strategic launchers and about 1800 nuclear warheads. In its September 2015 New START data exchange Russia reported 526 deployed launchers with 1648 New START-accountable nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces were estimated to have 299 operational missile systems that include missiles that can carry 902 warheads. These include 46 R-36M2 (SS-18) missiles, 30 UR-100NUTTH (SS-19) missiles, 72 road-mobile Topol (SS-25) systems, 60 silo-based and 18 road-mobile Topol-M (SS-27) systems, and 73 RS-24 missiles.
The Russian strategic fleet includes 10 operational strategic missile submarines with SLBMs, whose missiles can carry 160 missiles with 704 nuclear warheads. Five operational Project 667BDRM submarines are based in the Northern Fleet. These submarines carry 80 R-29RM (SS-N-23) launchers. One Project 955 submarine with 16 Bulava SLBMs on board is also based in the Northern Fleet. The only remaining Pacific Fleet base hosts two 667BDR (Delta III) submarines, which carry 36 R-29R (SS-N-18) missiles and two Project 955 submarines with 32 Bulava SLBMs.
The Russian strategic aviation consists of 66 bombers that carry an estimated 200 long-range cruise missiles and bombs. The bombers are 11 Tu-160 (Blackjack) and 55 Tu-95MS (Bear H). The bombers can carry various modifications of the Kh-55 (AS-15) and Kh-101 cruise missiles and gravity bombs.Next year Putin will introduce an entirely new generation of ICBM with a throw weight, speed and accuracy that completely outclasses any western strategic system. http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a23547/russias-new-icbm-could-wipe-out-texas/
Russia has begun testing of its new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the RS-28 Sarmat. Sarmat can carry a payload of up to ten tons of nukes. The missile system is set to enter service in 2018. The RS-28 Sarmat is the first entirely new Russian ICBM in decades. The heavyweight missile weighs 100 tons and can boost 10 tons. Russia claims the Sarmat can lift 10 heavyweight warheads, or 16 lighter ones, and Russian state media has described it as being able to wipe out an area the size of Texas or France. The American Minuteman III ICBM, in contrast, weighs just 39 tons and carries three warheads.Putin already has surface to air defenses that give him the kind of strategic capability that Reagan wanted in the 1980s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-500_missile_system
The S-500 is a new generation surface-to-air missile system. It is designed for intercepting and destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as hypersonic cruise missiles and aircraft, for air defense against Airborne Early Warning and Control, and for jamming aircraft. With a planned range of 600 km (370 mi) for Anti Ballistic Missile (ABM) and 400 km (250 mi) for the air defense, the S-500 would be able to detect and simultaneously engage up to 10 ballistic supersonic targets flying at a speed of 5 kilometres per second (3.1 mi/s; 18,000 km/h; 11,000 mph) to a limit of 7 km/s (4.3 mi/s; 25,000 km/h; 16,000 mph). It also aims at destroying hypersonic cruise missiles and other aerial targets at speeds of higher than Mach 5 as well as spacecraft. The altitude of a target engaged can be as high as 180–200 km (110–120 mi). It is effective against ballistic missiles with a launch range of 3,500 km (2,200 mi), the radar reaches a radius of 3,000 km (1,300 km for the EPR 0,1 square meter).We worry about North Korea or Iran getting missiles that can reach America but think of Putin sitting in the Kremlin and watching videos he's reported to have of Trump doing some nasty BS in Russia and contemplating how he's going to use them to his advantage. He's already got a deadly global reach that is only getting stronger and now likely has control of the US president, to what degree we don't know. It's entirely possible we could find out in a very unpleasant way at some point.