Questions tagged [military]

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Why didn't the PPP government of pakistan face any problem from the military?

Between 2008 and 2013, the Pakistan Peoples Party government engaged in several high profile disputes with the military Osama bin Laden capture memogate scandal + Hussain Haqqani's release Raymond ...
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Have congressional hearings any effect concerning military scandals?

While I was researching the topic of the F-35 I noticed a certain pattern in military politics which comes up again and again. In the TFX program Boeing was the clear winner of the Request For ...
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Countries with nondemanding military?

I live in Switzerland and recently had to join military. To my surprise, it turned out I can go back home during weekends. Only exception is when you're assigned to guard duty, when you need to stay ...
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Why is the US military enlistment age (and previously the draft age) set at 18 years old?

When was this age for enlistment and/or the draft established? Has it ever been challenged?
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What's the standard procedure for responding to an overt domestic tyranny event? [closed]

Are there actually protocols and contingencies for the extreme hypothetical situation of if our government tries to establish a dictator? Is it decided who the military sides with? What happens if the ...
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Is stopping and searching vessels in Asia-Pacific waters to enforce North-Korean sanctions consistent with the US Coast Guard's mandate?

The Reuters news report Exclusive: U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders - sources begins with the sentence: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and key ...
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Longest known chain of command? [closed]

What's the longest known chain of command length for any government, military, or large organization, (legal or illegal)? For example, WP's abstract military organization chain length is 11: ...
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How does US manage to maintain such a high military expenditure?

Note: this is somewhat related to this question US clearly dominates the world when it comes to military expenditure, both in % of GDP and nominal value. This answer indicates that West European ...
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How are women integrated into the North Korean military?

Background Korean People's Army soldiers (per Wikipedia) About 25% of North Korea's population is in either an active duty role or a reserve/paramilitary role in the Korean People's Army, and North ...
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Does Pakistan have the power to force allied foreign troops to leave the country? [closed]

Recently President Trump had criticised Pakistan over the supposed inaction of Pakistan towards terrorists. The funding is a kind of compensation for military support in form of bases and other things....
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Swiss military neutrality and the three roles for the military

Basic question - there are (were) three purposes for the military at the time of the Peace of Westphalia (tell me if I'm wrong).. Internal defense (crime, rebellion), conquest, defense. Swiss ...
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Why don't various democratic countries keep military as the 4th component of the check and balance?

We regularly see militaries seize power from Democratic governments (Egypt). In some countries, military ruled for decades (Spain), in some countries military has considerable influnce on the decision ...
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What has changed the US Americans view of the military service members? [closed]

As a foreigner, I'm puzzled by the way U.S. citizens treat their military service members. Almost as if they are put on a pedestal above all else (don't mean to offend). People are always saying "...
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What is the role of the South Korean military service in case of a war with North Korea

South Korea is still officially at war with North Korea and Kim Jeong-Eun, the North Korean leader, regularly threatens to attack the South to various extents. South Korea has a mandatory military ...
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Is America the only country where army officer appointments have to be confirmed by congress?

Are there any other countries where army officer appointments have to be confirmed by parliament/congress?
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Under what circumstances are military personnel not combatants?

In U.S. policy, when are military personnel not combatants? This question is inspired by a comment that jpmc26 left on my answer here. The comment says: I'm not sure "noncombatant targets" ...
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What exactly is the purpose of the Non-Proliferation Treaty when nuclear weapons can be substituted with conventional explosives?

With the destructive power of nuclear weapons, it's understandable the concerted effort by many world bodies to vigorously regulate and control the ownership of nuclear weapons. The NPT is one of such ...
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How did the FBI decide antifa were anarchists?

US security services DHS and FBI have studied the "antifa" movement and described its members as anarchists and terrorists. Honestly, I was not aware of any antifa terror attacks, nor any connection ...
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When did modern Middle-Eastern terrorism start?

Terrorism, specifically coming from the Middle East, has been an epidemic. It has spread across the globe, to the US, France, UK, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany and even to parts of ...
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Is the “War in Afganistan” a US military mission or a NATO Mission?

The NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan encompass about 13,500 troops, of which about 8,400 are members of US military assigned to NATO. NATO describes the Resolute Support as a "training, ...
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Why is the US president commander-in-chief?

Democratic governments are often set up in such a way that no single person holds too much power, even the president/prime minister/etc. In the US, you e.g. have the Congress. This means that if the ...
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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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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 ...