Questions tagged [military]

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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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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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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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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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Could the US military legally refuse to follow a legal, but unethical order?

For example, if the president ordered the military to launch nukes to attack a country that poses no real threat, assuming its legal, can the military refuse to follow through on it on the grounds ...
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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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What threat, if any, does Iran really pose to the US?

The US army absolutely dwarfs the Iranian army in terms of military might. Realistically, Iran cannot attack mainland US, whereas the US could nuke Iran into oblivion at a moment's notice. They ...
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Why would Assad use chemical weapons in the civil war as of 2018?

The US has recently accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in the civil war. However it seems to me that Assad has little to gain from doing so: Chemical weapons give a casus belli ...
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Are there any public opinion polls in the US on them starting military action against Iran?

Give the recent international events rising tensions between the US and Iran, have there any public opinion polls been conducted in the US asking whether the US should do more militarily against Iran? ...
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Legality of attacking an occupier by third-party forces within partially-occupied state

Suppose state A is (illegally, militarily) occupying some of the territory of state B (denote the occupied part B1 and the unoccupied part B2). Suppose also that state B is allied with state C, and ...
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Could the US Space Force be dissolved when Trump is gone?

This answer to What are the factors exactly that will make missions like OTV-6 “Space Force launches”? which I've accepted includes the following: The US Space Force (USSF) is the successor to Air ...
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How do civilian goverments keep on check military power? [closed]

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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What is Trump's plan to end or reduce US involvement in Syria?

Trump recently slammed the "endless wars", but an apparently not very well publicized Pentagon press release from Oct 8 says: Despite continued misreporting to the contrary, Secretary Esper ...
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How true are Trump’s claims about NATO spending?

Over President Trump’s term in office, he has been very vocal about the spending commitments made by many NATO countries, and their frequent failure to live up to them. He now seems to be taking ...
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What's the point of having thousands of nuclear missiles?

According to Wikipedia, the US and Russia have 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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What authority does the Vice President have to mobilize the National Guard?

After the attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump groups, the DC National Guard was eventually called in to restore order. Strangely, it is being reported that Vice President Mike Pence was the one who ...
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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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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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What is the difference between the Guardia Civil and the Policía Nacional in Spain?

It seems that in Spain there are two separate police forces under the authority of Madrid: the Guardia Civil and the Policía Nacional. Why is that? And what is the difference between the two?
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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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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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What is the difference between the National Guard and the MVD Internal Troops?

Recently, Putin signed the law that creates the National Guard of Russia (Росгвардия), seemingly replacing the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD, МВД). What is the difference ...
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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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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 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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Politicians to remove sexism in registration for potential conscription in the USA?

According to Wikipedia, only men are required to register for the draft with the Selective Service System in the US. Some feminists want equal conditions for men and women. Are there any USA ...
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How could it happen that Ukrainian soldiers did not try to defend against the invasion?

What I do not understand about the current crisis in Crimea is how this invasion could be successful without anyone firing a gun. Weren't there Ukrainian soldiers stationed in Crimea? Maybe the ...
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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 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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Why is India purchasing S-400 rather than the US made missiles?

Purchasing Russian missiles have risks of inviting US sanctions. Since India is officially a US ally, Why is India purchasing S-400 rather than the US-made missiles (Patriot or David's Sling or THAAD)?...
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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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Does the US have any long-term leases on bases in Iraq?

Breaking news is that the Iraqi parliament has passed a non-binding resolution calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops: The non-binding resolution was passed by the Iraqi parliament after the ...
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Did US vice president Pence say anything close to “by any means necessary”?

I have not been able to find a transcript of US vice president Pence's recent (26-Mar-2019) speech to the US Space Council. This one is from last year. The phrase By any means necessary carries 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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Which “coalition” countries have troops in Iraq and how many?

U.S. airstrike kills top Iran general, Qassem Soleimani, at Baghdad airport The Defense Department said in announcing the strike Thursday night that Soleimani had orchestrated attacks on coalition ...
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Do any European politicians advocate for creating an European Army and leaving NATO?

The United Kingdom with figures such as Thatcher being against a European army (ref here) and Tony Blair (ref here) who was for it, have been the most sceptical country towards the creation of a ...
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What are the factors exactly that will make missions like OTV-6 “Space Force launches”?

Space.com's US Space Force to launch the next X-37B space plane mystery mission on May 16 is not the first launch said to be a Space Force launch†. As I understand it the US Space Force is currently ...
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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 ...