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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 wasn't there a gunship in the air during the Bergdahl trade? [closed]

I hope I don't come off as crazy here, and I wasn't sure if this is the right forum to ask this, but I have a question regarding the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange. In the video captured by the ...
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What will Egypt use its Rafale fighter aircraft for?

Egypt has just bought 24 Rafale fighter planes. What kind of threats can these top-notch weapon help Egypt with? (in particular, threats that less sophisticated weapons would not have been able to ...
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What's the point of having thousands of nuclear missiles?

According to Wikipedia, the US and Russia has close to 8,000 nuclear warheads each. Other known nuclear powers, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel has a couple of hundreds each. The ...
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Maintaining international stability while reducing US military influence

The US military is currently maintaining a status quo around the world, including preventing military aggression against smaller democratic nations and keeping shipping and international trade open ...
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How do civilian goverments keep on check military power?

The Army could easily seize control of a country and the power of the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches is only in paper. What are the mechanisms a civilian Government use to control the ...
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Is there a term for militant groups like the LRA and Boko Haram?

I'm no expert but from various things I've read there seems to be a subtype of militant group that seems to be becoming more widespread. Examples include the LRA and Boko Haram, and possibly also ...
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Does any US defense whitepaper or public policy document espouse boosting the UK's force projection or military power?

Having a regional ally with a powerful and active military may ease pressure on the US military and foreign policy objects. Does any US defense whitepaper, public policy document or party platform ...
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How much influence does a threat of military force by the United States have?

Many of the conflicts involving the United States in a non-peace-keeping role have involved the United States threatening military action if some demand (either made by the US or a multi-national ...
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Anti-Aircraft capabilities of Islamic State [closed]

Throughout the rapid spread of Islamic State (IS) they have captured much American equipment and also Syrian equipment. I understand some of that equipment has been too advanced for IS to operate such ...
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Why won't Israel just capture Palestine?

There are many small-scale conflicts currently going on around the world between two countries,where one or both deny other's right on some piece of land. like India vs Pakistan on Kashmir. N.Korea ...
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Do POWs typically get paid for their prison time?

The recent release of Craig Bergdahl has me wondering about the status of prisoners of war from a strictly economic standpoint. When a soldier is POW, he is clearly not in a position to be able to ...
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Does Japan have any military?

I know their military was defeated in World War II, but do they have an army today? Did Japan ever regain any military force? I'd think they'd at least have a police force.
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How could it happen that Ukraine soldiers did not try to defend against the invasion?

What I do not understand about the current Crimea crisis, is how could this invasion be successful without anyone firing a gun. Weren't there ukranian soldiers stationed in Crimea? Maybe the soldiers ...
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Without government, wouldn't warlords take over? [closed]

In an Anarcho-capitalist society, where there is no government, wouldn't warlords of competing factions take over?
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Legality of red cross aid to Ukrainian military

According to CNN (Europe), a Red Cross worker tried to bring in supplied to the navy headquarters in Crimea. Probably, this aid was intended for the military of Ukraine in Crimea. "The men blocking ...
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State army in libertarian state

How would a state's army be paid in libertarian state? Would there be at least some taxes to pay for this?
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Why does the United States still keep substantial numbers of soldiers in Europe?

If I recall correctly, the US maintains about 30,000 men in Germany alone and thousands more in different European countries. I understand the need to project power and to rapidly deploy to any ...
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Why does USAF buy F-35?

The F-35 program is justified on two grounds: F-22 is too expensive (similar to F-16 being the cheaper alternative to F-15) F-35 can be used by AF (F-35A), Marines (F-35B) and Navy (F-35C) (similar ...
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Why are partisan groups in Afghanistan called terrorists?

In the WWII the same people who were hiding in the mountains of Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine etc. were called terrorists by Nazis too. Today they are known as partisans and are respected in ...
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What law compels countries to take prisoners who are NOT trying to surrender?

This arose around some comments on "Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial?" Under the traditional rules of war you are not allowed to simply kill all of your ...
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What law compels countries to take prisoners who wish to surrender?

This arose around some comments on " Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial? " Is there any international law, or convention (including Geneva) which compels any country ...
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What do the US and Australian governments gain from a marine presence in Darwin?

The US has decided to establish a permanent marine presence in Darwin. What do benefits do both governments gain from this?