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Why was Australia willing to pay $2.6B/unit for the French diesel-electric submarines?

Note: All dollar values are USD. One of the great advantages of diesel-electric attack submarines over nuclear-powered versions is that the former typically cost far less, so countries can purchase ...
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Has the US transferred any more naval nuclear reactor technology to the UK besides that S5W reactor piece that powered HMS Dreadnaught (S101)?

I've read that the first UK nuclear powered submarine HMS Dreadnaught (S101) was powered by a US made reactor, but that subsequent UK ships of that kind used UK-made ones. Wikipedia claims: During ...
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Why are other countries reacting negatively to Australia's decision to deploy nuclear submarines?

Recently Australia decided to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, attracting several negative comments, such as: Malaysia said on Saturday that Canberra's decision to build atomic-powered submarines ...
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Why are German local authorities taxing DoD employees, despite the protests of the US and of the German federal government?

There's a pretty long military.com (Stars and Stripes) article on the matter of taxes on some DoD employees in Germany: The U.S. contends the situation amounts to a treaty violation, but so far ...
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Why are there more American soldiers and bases in the UK and Germany than in Iraq? [closed]

I've just learned from this article that the US has soldiers and bases in the UK and Germany. This is somehow the violation of the sovereignty of those countries. The US attacked Iraq, so it's not ...
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Has the Saudi purchase of Pantsir S1M (technology) from Russia made any progress?

It's been mentioned in an article last year that the Saudis were negotiating buying a short-range anti-aircraft system from Russia, supposedly to bolster their anti-drone defense, after the Houthi ...
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Why would the PLAAF buy additional Su-35 fighters from Russia?

In November 2015, China became the Su-35's first export customer when the Russian and Chinese governments signed a contract worth $2 billion to buy 24 aircraft for the People's Liberation Army Air ...
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Was President Biden been Misled by the Generals in Afghanistan or Was the Fall-out His Own Misjudgment? [closed]

Prior to and during the troop withdrawal, President Biden has said repeatedly that he was adequately informed on the situations, has received daily briefings, and constantly discussed and listened to ...
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Military Equipment left in Afghanistan - US or ANA property?

Lots of the media (news sites and social) is talking about all of the equipment left in Afghanistan. Lots of the discussion (and confusion) is about generally how "The USA just left billions of ...
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Why did the US military leave Afghanistan in such a rush that they left so much equipment behind?

One would think that if the US military were to leave Afghanistan, they would surely take any equipment that might fall into the wrong hands, especially since there were reports that the "wrong ...
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What did the Western Governments expect to happen in Afghanistan?

A number of western leaders, particularly in the US, have said they were surprised by the rapidity of the Taliban's success over the last 2 weeks. For example, the Pentagon's top military officer, ...
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When the US government activates a Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), can it activate the civilian crew as well, or are they always volunteers?

CNN's Pentagon activates US airlines to assist with evacuation efforts from Afghanistan says: The Pentagon announced Sunday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the commander of US ...
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Is there an overview of battles between the Afghan Army and Taliban forces during the Resolute Support Mission (2015-2021)?

According to the Wikipedia page on the Resolute Support Mission (RSM): Resolute Support Mission or Operation Resolute Support was a NATO-led train, advise and assist mission consisting of about 7,772 ...
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What was the average pay of an Afghan soldier (before the Taliban took over)?

The BBC reported that The Sigar report also notes that these figures include “ghost” security personnel. This, it says, means that “more than $300 million a year was spent paying salaries to non-...
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In the wake of the 2014 Iraqi army disintegration in front of ISIS, did the US make changes to how it trained such forces, esp. in Afghanistan?

Although some are shocked by the disintegration of Afghan army in front of the Taliban, I for one wasn't too surprised given the 2014 precedent provided by the US-trained Iraqi army, which ...
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Why are the Taliban winning against the Afghan army?

According to the Wikipedia page on the current Taliban offensive, the combined Afghan army outnumbers the Taliban by roughly 3:1. The Taliban have less or worse equipment and vehicles, and the Afghan ...
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Why doesn't the USA use drones and bombardment to support the Afghan government troops? [closed]

Since 2001, it was the usual practice. Various warlords and the government army fight on the field, and they get air support from the USA military. Sometimes Taliban leaders were also killed by USA ...
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Could there be any action taken against the contributors of Climate Change and Global Warming? [closed]

With the rising concern over Climate Change and Global Warming especially due to the IPCC report, could there be any sanctions or some kind of action taken by the UN or NATO against countries (and ...
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Does the U.S. military have the means to spend a lot more than the allotted budget for the military?

Does the U.S. military have the means to spend a lot more than the allotted budget for the military? A black budget or covert appropriation is a government budget that is allocated for classified or ...
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Is the U.S. military bound by the same environmental laws as the country being occupied?

Is the U.S. military bound by the same environmental laws as the country being occupied? Let's say that the United States is still occupying Afghanistan, to what extent does the U.S. military have to ...
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Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

North Korea's uses many outdated tanks, mostly T-62s, or based on T-62s, many of which would be expected to be ineffective against the more modern Abrams tank. The S-400 missile system is the best ...
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Does China intend to intervene in Afghan affairs after the US withdraws? [closed]

Recently, the US army is withdrawing from Afghanistan. Britain, the USSR and the US had all sent their army to Afghanistan before, but all failed. So, will China, a rising country that has great ...
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Will any state or federal laws be broken by a rich individual funding the movement and support of South Dakota National Guard troops?

Politico's Billionaire GOP donor is funding South Dakota National Guard border deployment says: Willis Johnson doesn’t live in the state but says he backs Gov. Kristi Noem, a potential presidential ...
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Is there any data about partisanship inside US police departments or armed forces?

Is there any open data about the extent of partisan division among the police or armed forces in the United States? If such data does not exist, why might that be? For example, is there some law which ...
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Do military company have to talk to the U.S. government before they apply for a patent?

Do military company have to talk to the U.S. government before they apply for a patent? Sometimes, it makes more sense to keep a technology secret instead of applying the technology in a patent office....
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How is Russia responding to non-military maritime traffic in the legally recognized shipping lane passing within its territorial waters?

From the video BBC journalist reports from British warship as Russia “fires warning shots” - BBC News here are some screenshots and transcribed audio (mine but based on BBC's closed captions). ...
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In what situation can the U.S. military use nukes without the consent of the President?

In what situation can the U.S. military use nukes without the consent of the President, if any situation like this exists?
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Is the current (Biden) admin making provisions for 'collaborators' after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan?

background... I was on TDY at an NAS when I 'saw' this happen during the Vietnam Conflict; there was a huge surge of applications for exit visas at the embassy (consulate) in March/April 1975. There ...
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To what extent is the Pentagon able to influence or pressure POTUS? [closed]

Some countries are routinely criticized for their military having considerable influence over politics and foreign policy. E.g. Pakistan. How does the situation in the USA compare to those countries? ...
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What is the military power of the Belarus, compared to the neighbor states?

What is the military power of the Belarus, compared to the neighbor states, in particular, Poland? The reports like those from GlobalFirePower seems to be based on sheer numbers, but one thing is ...
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Has the Biden administration detailed what violations of the Open Skies treaties it accuses Russia of?

A somewhat difficult to parse news piece: "The United States regrets that the Treaty on Open Skies has been undermined by Russia's violations," the state department said on Thursday. "...
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Why doesn't the world help Israel fight against Hamas? [closed]

in the last two days Israel has been in "Operation Wall Guard". In the crisis that caused this "operation", Hamas has launched more than a thousand rockets towards Israeli cities. ...
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What is the official position of the Collective Security Treaty Organization over the Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan border conflict?

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are both members of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, Rus: ОДКБ), a military alliance supposed to defend their borders and provide with military framework if one ...
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Why was the USA planning on attacking Japan *before* Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour to prevent the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with its actions in South-East Asia. However, Noam Chomsky, referring to Michael Sherry's The ...
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Why doesn't the UK rescue Nazanin Zaghari? [closed]

Nazanin Zaghari is a dual British-Iranian citizen who has been detained for years because of allegations over plotting to topple the Iranian government. These claims are clearly fictitious, and it's ...
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Which countries want to weaponize space?

I'd like to know which countries want to weaponize space and are against making a "peaceful space treaty". To make myself clear: I know more than 100 countries are parties to the Outer Space ...
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S-400 technology transfer to Turkey

As far as I know, the Turkish proposal to purchase Patriot PAC-3 was refused because Turkey wanted a technology transfer, but the USA didn't want to. Am I correct? If I am correct, then what is going ...
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Why does Bangladesh have a smaller military per capita than its neighbors?

Kindly, refer to the following answer: https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/62759/32479 This answer essentially says that the size of the military is related to the population size and the GDP. The ...
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Why does Sri Lanka have so small a military?

Sri Lanka suffered almost 33 years of LTTE menace because of not paying proper attention to its defense capability. India manipulated Sri Lanka's LTTE situation by using muscle power. During the ...
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Do users of F-16s need the USA's permission to use them in attack roles?

Document reveals official US position on F-16s Are users of F-16 fighter planes obliged to take the USA's permission to use them in attack roles? I am especially curious about Turkey and Pakistan. P....
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What are resons for Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to desire amendment to Article 9 in constitution?

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is reported to have said that "Japan cannot be a "normal state" until Japan has a fully functional armed force." There are reports that majority of the ...
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What happens to rank-and-file law-enforcement after major regime change [closed]

The question is inspired by the current situation in Myanmar, but since at the time of writing what will happen remains to be seen and obviously people on here can't predict the future, but surely ...
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What does it mean for the Pentagon to order a stand-down?

In order to combat extremism in the Pentagon's ranks, the new Secretary of Defense is ordering a stand-down in the next 60 days. Three questions: What is a stand-down? (Beyond the 'pause of military ...
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Is there a "unified command" over all the defense forces in Washington D.C.?

A Unified Combatant Command is a task organized command structure used to coordinate forces around one objective. Examples include CENTCOM (https://www.centcom.mil/), which coordinates the armed ...
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Why does H.R.335 not mention the nominee's name?

To my understanding, H.R.335 which became Public Law No: 117-1. was a bill before the United States House of Representatives which would provide an exception to 10 U.S. Code § 113 (a) in order to ...
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How do countries justify their missile programs?

I will use India as an example. India seems to have only two real enemies: China and Pakistan. The longest range missiles India would need to launch an attack on China should be roughly around 5000 km ...
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Has an American president's administration ever requested the military to investigate political views of soldiers? [closed]

Has an American president's administration ever requested the military to perform political purity tests on soldiers? Business Insider: The National Guard is running additional background checks on ...
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Any data about Trump supporters amount in National Guard? [closed]

As we know, now there is about 25000 national guardsmen in Washington DC. But doesn't it increase risk of strikes from the inside, from hidden Trump supporters? More people - seems more risky. And FBI ...
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What would a Green Party's position be when their country is under military invasion? [closed]

This question is referring to political parties that advocate green politics in general, rather than any specific party in a particular country. While I understand that pacifist and anti-war policies ...
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Does all military authority come from the President?

If the President were to order it person who reports directly to them, it would be expected that they follow that order assuming it's legal and ethical, but does the President have the power to give ...

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