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Why doesn't U.S. use "strategic ambiguity" on whether or not to send troops to Ukraine just like they do for the Taiwan situation?

United States has been using strategic ambiguity on Taiwan Strait issue by not clearly saying whether they would aid Taiwan with U.S. troops should Mainland China attack Taiwan, which intimidates ...
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How much bite does the Mutual Defense Clause of the Treaty of the European Union (TEU) have?

As mentioned in other answers regarding the 2022 Ukraine conflict, there is a defense clause for the existing EU countries. I looked and found §42.7 TEU, If a Member State is the victim of armed ...
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Instead of attacking the Russian convoy to Kyiv itself, would it be political advantageous to bombard the access road(s) to the Ukrainian capital? [closed]

AFAFP PHOTO / SATELLITE IMAGE Copyright 2022 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES An enormous Russian convoy, over 60 km long, has approached to 20 km distance north of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Military experts are ...
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At the beginning of the war in Ukraine, which U.S. forces were immediately ordered to pull back, and from where?

Politico's 02/27/2022 article Pentagon wants Moscow back channels to prevent nuclear escalation includes the following: When the Russian invasion began in earnest last week, U.S. forces in the region ...
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Why are countries sending financial and military aid to a Ukraine when it may be occupied? Isn't that just the same as giving aid to Russia? [closed]

Despite the propaganda that says that Ukranian heroes are bravely resisting and pushing back the Russian invaders, the truth is that the war has been on-going for a mere 4 days, and the Russians are ...
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If Russia drops a nuclear bomb, is it realistically possible to prevent neutralize it without getting serious damage? [closed]

By "serious damage" I mean any kind of severe environmental damage and/or damage to the people health/life. I understand that there's a tiny probability for that to happen, but just in case, ...
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Russia is huge and well militarised. Why did it end up asking Kazakhstan for troops? [closed]

As reported today, Kazakhstan has denied a request by Russia for troops to join Russian forces in Ukraine. Setting aside all discussion of why Kazakhstan answered as it did, why on earth was Russia ...
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How much military equipment has Ukraine received externally since the situation escalated in February?

I noticed that before the war broke out in Feb 24, there was military equipment sent to Ukraine from NATO countries, for example U.S. sent 80 tons of military equipment (part of an additional $200M &...
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Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine? [closed]

NBC says: Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine, drawing condemnation at emergency U.N. meeting, but I don't see how they got the information. Swissinfo says: Russian military will only enter Ukraine'...
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How many troops does NATO actually have on the Eastern flank?

As Russia's intervention in Ukraine is increasing, the main focus of some news is how many troops are ready for invasion: Military units heading into Ukraine will be drawn from up to 190,000 ...
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How do Russia's military options in Ukraine in 2014 compare to the present day?

Comparing Russia's military options in 2014 and 2021, it seems that cost-benefit analysis of a large-scale military operation looked much more favorable in 2014. After all, Yanukovich was the ...
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Has Russia recognized land currently held by Ukraine as sovereign territory of the LPR/DPR?

In the context of the recognition of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic by Russia, I cannot seem to find whether the territories of said republics correspond only to what ...
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What are my odds of being drafted for US selected service currently? [closed]

So this is definitely a slightly paranoia induced question, but it has been on my mind recently (for obvious reasons) and was wondering what my odds are. Age wise I'm primed for the army; I just ...
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What are the previous uses of false justifications for invasions used by Russia as used in it's so-called "playbook" from the perspective of the US?

US President Biden spoke of false justification and a Russian "playbook" in his recent statement (cf. CBS News video Biden gives updates on Russia-Ukraine crisis following call with allies | ...
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How do the Russian forces in Transnistria get in and out?

How do the Russian forces in Transnistria get in and out of the region? Transnistria is bordered by Moldova and Ukraine. "The Government of Moldova views the presence of these Russian troops as ...
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What are the potential strategic/economic gains of China for taking over Taiwan (with military invasion or not)?

My question is not about the net gain that China could have for occupying Taiwan. I understand with military invasion, China has to undertake huge financial and human resources cost, suffering from ...
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Does the US Air Force "Rocket Cargo" project have any notable proponents in Congress?

CNBC's June 4, 2021 article The Pentagon wants to use private rockets like SpaceX’s Starship to deliver cargo around the world says: The U.S. Air Force said Friday is expanding a small development ...
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Will Russia's naval exercise prevent civilian sea traffic to and from Ukraine?

It seems Russia is starting a naval exercise in various areas of international waters in the Black Sea. Ignoring questions of legality and legitimacy - I have heard it said that these actions may mean ...
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What is the motivation for the expansion of NATO in Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, at the risk of starting a hot war with Russia?

My understanding is that due to its overall economic conditions today, Russia, a country much weaker than Soviet Union, does not have enough military power to defeat NATO in a hot war without invoking ...
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Is "100,000 soldiers near the Ukrainian border" a rare occurrence?

In recent weeks, the US has warned of the amassing of Russian troops ("100,000 soldiers", although if you read the specific claims it's more like 50,000 and even that's not quite verified) ...
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Why do GCC countries have so much money but don't have any meaningful defense industry?

Why do the oil-rich GCC countries purchase arms from the big powers rather than developing their own defense industry? Why do GCC countries have so much money but don't have any meaningful defense ...
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Does North Korea get permission to test-fly weapons over China and Russia?

The CNN video Experts on what North Korea's series of missile tests may mean summarizes several tests of different "flying objects" including (apparently) two hypersonic missiles or at least ...
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Will Russia need to delay an invasion of Ukraine until things settle down in Kazakhstan? [closed]

I am wondering if it is likely that Russia will delay an invasion of Ukraine until the political unrest and violence in Kazakhstan comes to end. The way I see it is that Russia may need to send in a ...
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Did the U.S. lose the war against the Taliban? [closed]

We know that the U.S. has a much stronger military than the Taliban, they could have deployed more troops in Afghanistan to beat Taliban, but they consciously didn't. This makes me wonder, does U.S. ...
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Why is Russia deploying soldiers near the border with Ukraine instead of in Siberia?

In recent news, Russia has been deploying its military near Ukraine in an effort to deter Ukraine from joining NATO. Russia has sent its requests to NATO and Russian president Putin has met American ...
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Why does Russia sell jet engines to China?

China manufactures a number of aircraft that use Russian-made jet engines. For instance, JF-17 uses a Russian RD-93 engine, etc. Similarly, Russian sells AL-31 jet engines for Chinese J-10C jets. ...
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Could Mali pay by themselves a mercenary army?

Mali has been criticised by ECOWAS for the deployment of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group. The Mali government immediately rejected the accusation claiming that there was no deployment of ...
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Has any Western leader articulated how NATO would benefit from admitting Ukraine?

NATO sees itself as a defensive alliance, so its members are expected to benefit from banding together and deterring attacks. No doubt Ukraine would greatly benefit from membership in its recurring ...
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Is conscription incompatible with democracy? [closed]

Is mandatory military service incompatible with democracy, in which people supposedly are given choices?
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Is India's purchase of Russian weapons a strategy or necessity? [closed]

I know that India has been a traditional customer of Russian weapons. However, they have almost all the options open, like, American, European, Korean, Japanese, Singaporean, etc. Why does India ...
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How credible is the Afghanistan's ghost soldiers claim?

According to Afghanistan's ex-finance minister most of the 300,000 troops and police on the government's books did not exist. However the salary of the soldiers were paid by the US army and they are ...
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How close is supposed "Russian build-up" to Ukrainian border?

Politico published and many other mass-media reposted an article Satellite images show new Russian military buildup near Ukraine. It is illustrated with two satellite photos of Yelnya and also ...
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How did United Kingdom responsibility for the defence of the British Channel Islands originate?

The government of the United Kingdom is responsible for the defence of, and foreign relations of, the Channel Islands - i.e. the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. How did this arrangement come about? ...
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Why does the US care so much about China's hypersonic weapons?

Example: Gen. Mark Milley calls China's hypersonic weapon test 'very concerning' If we currently have mutually assured destruction (MAD) where nobody can fire nuclear weapons because the other side ...
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Did the US government profit from any of the military hardware they gave to the Afghan government?

The US government gave a lot of military aid to the Afghan government and even helped them maintain many of the equipment through western contractors. Did they ever get the full or partial price for ...
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Has the US military ever admitted a strategic mistake for an entire war?

Lloyd Austin, the US Defense Secretary in a hearing before Congress said: The fact that the Afghan army, that we and our partners trained, simply melted away, in many cases without firing a shot, ...
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How were US progressives able to deny Israel a billion dollars of funding for their Iron Dome, and is this the first time?

Recently, a cohort of US progressives - all Democrats and including the Squad - were able to deny a billion dollars of funding for Israel's Iron Dome. Even if, as The Washington Times claims, a ...
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Why was Australia willing to pay $3.0 B/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 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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