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Questions tagged [military]

Questions related to that of the military of any country applicable. May include questions about the actions or inaction of the military or questions about the armed forces themselves or questions about government action related to the military.

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Why do NOAA and the USPHS have uniformed services?

Most Americans (and likely many folks around the world) think of the US military as comprising the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. However, there are also the United States ...
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What would a space marines unit of the US armed forces entail?

I heard after coincidentally asking a ex-marine that there is talk the United States congress of passing legislation to create a space combat unit. Even though the motivation is clear from protecting ...
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Did McCain change his opinion on transgender people in the military?

See this reddit thread for Trump supporters. The indication seems to be that McCain changed his stance on transgender troops in the military just to get back at Trump. Is this true? The first ...
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What medical costs burden the military enough to warrant banning all transgender people?

Reported in Donald Trump bans transgender people from serving in the military President Trump tweeted: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United ...
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What are the main restrictions that apply to European military personnel when engaging in politics?

I am interested in the restrictions that apply to military persons that are also activate in politics, within the European Union. Searching on this matter provides lots of results for US, but I could ...
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Why does USA not diminish its NATO related expenses in order to persuade other NATO members to contribute more?

At the NATO summit from 2017 (Brussels), Donald Trump emphasized that many NATO members are not contributing enough (source): Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they ...
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How did Turkey manage to create a springboard for its defense industry so fast?

As far as I recall, Turkey was mostly dependent on the USA and Israel for its defense needs until recently. Turkey sought Israeli assistance to modernize its large fleet of F-4 Phantoms and bought ...
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Is there a practical rationale for increasing US military spending?

Given that US military is larger than the next 6 largest armies combined, is this to prepare for the possibility of nations with the next 6 largest armies jointly declaring war on US? What are some ...
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Why use an air blast bomb against a tunnel complex? [closed]

The 'Mother of all bombs' is what's called an 'air blast' bomb. That is, it explodes in midair and pretty much fries everything on or near the surface for about a mile around. While it will suck the ...
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Who recorded “Mother of all Bombs" explosion from ground level? [closed]

The United States dropped "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan on ...
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Is the “Mother of all Bombs” recently dropped by U.S. the largest since Hiroshima and Nagasaki? [closed]

I read that the bomb dropped was the "largest conventional bomb" ever used in warfare, so therefore would that make it the largest bomb ever used in warfare all together outside of the two uses of ...
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Other US President's that speedily bomb an adversary after saying they would on their election campaign trail

The Question Have there ever been any other past US Presidents that said they'd take a very strong military action against an adversary like bombing or invading or whatever and actually take that ...
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What incentives (or stated motives) did the US have to attack Syria?

What were the motives stated for for the US attacking Syria or incentives to do that? It doesn't seem like there was any immediate threat from Syria to the US. (After all, they neither have ICBM's ...
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When may the President of the United States order military action without congressional approval?

The USA has many times in the past taken military action with only the President's order to back it up legally. It was Jefferson that set the precedent of using the military to enforce foreign policy ...
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Why did US armed forces retreat from the Philippines completely?

US used to have a large presence in the Philippines with strategic bombers (i.e. at Clark Air Base, which was evacuated after the 1991 Mt Pinatubo volcanic eruption and the US Air Force never went ...
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What is the history and purpose the of US and South Korean annual military exercises?

Is there actually a practical purpose in these exercises? Or is it a way to intimidate North Korea and remind them of the US's military powers? If not, couldn't they just hold these exercises ...
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Who legislates military law?

Where does United States military law come from? I'm vaguely aware that the military is governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This power stems from the constitutional authority of ...
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Why does Trump want to increase military spending?

From what I understand, Trump is an isolationist / non-interventionist, at least more so than previous presidents. On the other hand, Trump wants to massively increase military spending: [Trump] ...
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How would Germany increase its military size beyond 370,000 personnel?

A followup question from this answer. Germany is currently bound by the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany from 1990. It, among other things, prevents Germany from having over 370,...
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Why don't the other countries of Europe maintain as massive a military as Russia does?

The countries that are in my inquiry list are: --------+----------+-------------+-----------+--------- SN | Country | Population | GDP | DefExp --------+----------+-------------+---------...
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What is the role of the White House Chief Strategist in the US National Security Council?

I'm trying to understand the ramifications of the recent reorganization of the U.S. National Security Council. I've seen some posts saying that this means Steve Bannon now has power to suggest who is ...
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Why did the USA finance Israeli Arrow Interceptor missile program?

Why the USA didn't just sell Patriot PAC-3 or THAAD to Israel? Why did the USA finance a different ABM/SAM program? Why didn't the USA adopt Arrow system?
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What were the military men doing behind Donald Trump when he began his speech?

Shortly after Trump was sworn in and began giving his speech there was a group of military men that lined up in formation behind him. They stood there for a short time before walking back. What were ...
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Why did Obama commute Chelsea Manning's sentence?

I honestly don't understand, she leaked hundreds of thousands of US government documents to WikiLeaks when she was a Private in the U.S. military, and she's going to be released on 17 May 2017 after ...
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What are the key differences between the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 and the Stolen Valor Act of 2013?

I read that there were supreme court decisions overturning stolen valor convictions based on the first amendment after the 2005 act became law. Is there a significant difference in the 2013 act ...
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Why does the USMC perform duties which are in the remit of the Army?

In every other country, marines are subordinate to the navy and are used mostly in operations which fall under the remit of the term - seaborne attacks and small scale land operations which needed a ...
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Chain of command on Inauguration Day

Picture the scene: It's the morning of January 20, 2017. The inauguration ceremony is in full swing, with songs and speeches the warm up act before the main event - the swearing in of Donald J. Trump ...
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How big is Iran's military budget?

It seems that a very high percentage of the Iran's oil revenues will be spent on buying arms: Iran and China sign military cooperation agreement Russia, Iran plan $10bn arms supply to Tehran How ...
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Can the USA president use military force against his/her own citizens without approval?

Can the USA president use military force against his/her own citizens without approval?
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Is the military used for disaster control and public order, if not, why?

Considering the United States have the biggest military in the world, it would be a prime example to talk about it in this question. It's my understanding that a standing army doesn't have any real ...
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Is there a limit to the power a US president has over the military?

Is there a limit besides an actual deceleration of war? This Syrian conflict I think showed too much military power being given to the US president. This whole conflict appears to violate ...
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“Offensive defense spending” versus “defensive defense spending”

It seems to me that some defense spending has the objective of reducing or eliminating civilian and/or military casualties resulting from attacks on home soil. For instance: investment in domestic ...
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Is President Erdogan of Turkey staging a coup attempt?

With the currently unfolding events in Turkey (attempted coup by the military) one of my first harsher reactions is this: Is President Erdogan trying to have a quasi coup (or quasi terrorist plot) ...
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What's does the US hope to gain in Syria..? [duplicate]

I know why Russia is there; to support Assad (alley of Russia) but what can the US gain from this? They are arming rebels (as if that ever worked) most likely ISIS in Syria to fight Assad and are also ...
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What's the difference between National Guard and MVD Internal Forces?

In the newsfeed there was an item that Putin signed the law which creates National Guard in Russia, seemingly replacing MVD (Ministry of the Internal Affairs) Internal Forces. What is the difference ...
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What does it mean when the US military “fires” a commander?

What does "firing" mean when the US military "fires" a commander? Is it different than being "relieved of duty"? (E.g., it was reported today in the NY Post that in the aftermath of the incident ...
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Why does the US still have military bases in Japan and South Korea?

Why does the United States still have military bases in Japan and South Korea? As far as I'm aware, the bases are large, active, and the source of a reasonable amount of controversy within the host ...
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Why are military academy cadets nominated by congress members?

On a related note, students at the military academies are nominated by individual senators and congressmen. Upon graduation, Congress passes a law to commission the new officers. (from a recent answer ...
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Why is Russia going to withdraw from Syria?

According to this news article, President Putin says that Russia will start withdrawing from Syria, after a relatively brief presence in the area. Why does he choose to withdraw at this moment, and ...
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Is there a way to solve the problem of the U.S. military's dependence upon Chinese Rare Earth Materials? [closed]

Right now, our military is in the hands of China. They hold 97% of the world's rare earth supply and they control our military and economy with this supply. Rare earths are in every sort of ...
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May the US president launch a nuclear bomb without any oversight on any target?

According to Article II, Section 2, Clause I of the Constitution, the President of the United States is commander in chief of the United States Armed Forces. Source: Wikipedia How does launching a ...
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What are the military equivalent of the US marines in the Middle Eastern Countries?

Someone recently asked me a subjective "who would win in a battle between..." question and I have to admit I don't know much about specific Middle Eastern military structures, other than IS. What are ...
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Did Turkey take revenge of Russian attacks on ISIS by downing the plane?

Is it possible that Turkey downed the Russian jet because they did not want Russia to be attacking ISIS (and maybe the Syrian Rebels)? It is quite clear that Turkey is the one who buys Oil from ISIS ...
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Is Terrorism defined by its purpose or its effect?

Britannica said this: Terrorism, the systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population And I got this from wikipedia: In its broadest sense, terrorism is any act ...
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Is a professional army more likely to act against its own people than a conscript army?

Is there data about how the mode of a states army affects the probability that it is employed against its own people? I mean is it more liklier that the army is used to supress the own people or a ...
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Why have there been frequent ceasefire violations on the Indo-Pakistani border?

Many BSF and Pakistani Rangers personnel have been claimed to have been killed. This has been continuing for many years. Neither government has taken the responsibility for this violation which doesn'...
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Influence of Egypt's military in the economy of the country [closed]

In Egypt, the military is owns a huge part of the economy. Egypt military's economic empire Analysts have predicted the Egyptian military control anything from 15 per cent to 40 per cent of the ...
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How much do those bombs and missiles cost which are not used up and get outdated?

Big military powers are in a constant need to improve their weapons otherwise they might lag behind. This means that there must be tons of unused bombs, missiles, etc.. which they didn't use up but ...
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How realistic is an attack on Taiwan by China? [closed]

How realistic is an attack on Taiwan by China? Obviously there is a preventive military buildup by the Taiwan fearing a military invasion. 101 East Ditching the draft
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Who controls the British Armed Forces?

I'm trying to research this for a friend. I understand that the government of the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, in which the Queen is the head of state and the Prime Minister is the ...