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Does military spending include academic R&D budgets too?

Does military spending include the R&D funds provided to the academic institutions too? For example, suppose the government of a country hires a university faculty to do some research with the aim ...
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Vital US interests: how are they defined and are they different between Republicans and Democrats?

In March 2022, the White House declared the ultimate goals of the DoD in their National Defense Strategy (NDS). I did not read it, because as far as I know it is still classified, but I found ...
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Why does the "Tanks for Ukraine" discussion focus on the Leopard 2?

It may simply be my media bubble but it seems that the discussion on providing main battle tanks to the Ukraine focuses strongly, almost entirely, on the German Leopard 2. Why is that? Now I ...
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Why does Egypt spend so much on defense?

Egypt is one of the largest spenders in the defence sector in the Muslim world. They have only two theoretical adversaries in the region: (1) Israel and (2) Turkey. They have a peace treaty with ...
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Iran's Military in Which Regime Had More Power? [closed]

At the moment, Iran holds the 14th rank in military power in comparison to other countries. Iran's Supreme Leader claims that he has been prioritizing military power over the economy to increase ...
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Vagueness rather than specificity when the risks are enormous

Summary (Sep 27, 2022) Threats of nuclear retaliation are easily the most complicated political issues. In time historians might decide that Feb 24, 2022 was the launching date of WW3. In this ...
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What's the balance of (pro-)Russian forces in Ukraine between regular Russian units and Wagner, LPR+DPR armies etc.?

Are there some official Russian figures and/or Western estimates on what in the balance of (pro-)Russian forces engaged in Ukraine? Basically, how many are regular Russian forces vs various other ...
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What is pushing India to purchase Dassault Rafales?

India has approximately 300 Su-30MKI air superiority jets. They are custom built for India using Israeli electronics and avionics. Pakistan doesn't even have air superiority jets. Therefore, what is ...
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Bestowing honourary military appointments in the UK

In the UK, what is the process for the monarch to bestow honourary military appointments. For example, when HM Queen Elizabeth II made then Prince Charles an Admiral of the Fleet in 2012. Is it solely ...
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Why doesn't Iraq just blockade the Bashiqa base if they really want the Turks gone from there?

Apparently there's a seven year dispute between the Iraqi central government and Turkey over the Turkish base at Bashiqa (near Mosul) located at about 150 km from the Turkish border. Seemingly there ...
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Why is Pakistan requesting $450 million of F-16 sales from the USA? [closed]

Biden administration approves upgrade of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter aircraft in $450-million deal According to the above news, Pakistan is probably getting spare parts and engines for its grounded F-16s....
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Does Konashenkov typically take questions after his briefings for the media?

Western sources typically show brief clips of Russia MoD spokesman Lt. General Igor Konashenkov giving his media briefings about the war, but the clips shown in the West are too short to get an idea ...
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What is publicly known about policy disagreements between generals Bajwa and Faiz Hameed?

According to the BBC there was a fallout between Chief of Army Staff general Bajwa and his supposed would-be successor general Faiz Hameed, then Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence. ...
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How much does the Pakistan military depend on (vintage) US equipment nowadays?

I can find graphs like this which suggest Pakistan has almost entirely switched to China for arms imports However, that picture may be missing that Pakistan may have "vintage" US equipment ...
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Is the Pakistan Army stuck in a position where they must abide by the USA's policy on Pakistan? [closed]

I will give one example only. However, this example can be extrapolated into other sections of the Pakistan military. If we look at the Pakistan Air Force, their attack backbone is composed of F-16 ...
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Does any NATO country assume being under an "armed attack" if it suffers casualties due to a radiation leak?

As the title says, does any NATO country's defense doctrine identifies radiation leaks occurred elsewhere, but presumably causing casualties in such country, as an equivalent of armed attack against ...
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Does Russia have a troop-surge party?

Back in early 2008 (for instance) there was a Gallup poll on whether the US public approved of the (then) troop surge in Iraq. Somewhat unsurprisingly [to me], in that instance the results were fairly ...
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What did the Dutch law commission find about their own military participation in Iraq (2003-2005)?

As I don't speak/read Dutch, the most detailed article I found about this is in Der Spiegel. In summary (from there), the Dutch law commission found that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was illegal that ...
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Why did Sen. Ed Markey's delegation to Taiwan fly aboard a USAF (passenger) jet?

I understand that Nancy Pelosi regularly gets a USAF passenger jet for long-distance abroad (C-40, a modified Boeing 737 if I'm not mistaken), because she's third in the "line of succession" ...
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How are Russian elite military forces performing in Ukraine? [closed]

From mainstream media and social networks, we hear about a lot of failures by the Russian military in Ukraine. We also hear that their artillery bombing is overwhelming the Ukrainians because of its ...
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Under the confrontation with China, can Taiwan strike first but still obtain the military support from U.S. (base on whatever agreement between them)?

I wonder based on the current agreements between United States and Taiwan, if Taiwan has the right to strike (fire) against PLA of China first when they feel they will be invaded by China but still ...
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Was there risk that Speaker Pelosi's aircraft could have been shot down by the People's Liberation Army?

I was reading a New York Times article today and was struck by a particular passage. Here is a quote: Then, as Ms. Pelosi’s plane was touching down in Taiwan late Tuesday night, some social media ...
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What organization sponsored 2022 Pacific Defense Chiefs meeting in Sydney, how many member nations does it have and which ones attended?

The Diplomat's July 28, 2022 Pacific Defense Chiefs Meet Against Backdrop of Rising China; Military leaders from 26 nations are participating in a conference hosted in Sydney. mentions how many ...
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Why could Turkey get rid of Military's interference in Politics but Pakistan couldn't?

Turkey and Pakistan had a similar situation before Erdogan came to power. The military and Judiciary banded together to ban Abdullah Gul from politics. The military staged a coup in 2016. However, ...
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Assuming Russia vetoes EUFOR mandate extension in Bosnia, can Dodik legally "kick out" all EUFOR troops, including from the Croat-Muslim federation?

There has been speculation that Russia may veto an extension of the EUFOR mandate, which despite its name is apparently operating under a UNSC resolution. Assuming that veto happens (and given the ...
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Does the fact that China owns nuclear weapon improve the status of Chinese expat? [closed]

According to Chinese government propaganda, it is because of the development and deployment of nuclear weapons that the status of Chinese ex-pats is no longer discriminated against by anyone else. Are ...
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Whom do a Western defense company first talk to?

Suppose a Western company wants to sell their products to another country, presumably non-Western. Say, a company based in the UK wants to sell a missile system to the Saudis. I can see two scenario ...
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How is a "mercenary soldier" defined in international law?

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister has claimed that the two British men, currently under sentence of death, were "mercenaries" attached to the Ukrainian army, and hence not subject ...
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Was NATO military aid part of Russia's calculation for the invasion of Ukraine?

Was NATO military aid part of Russia's calculation for the invasion of Ukraine? If YES, did they put out any statement that proves that?
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Is NATO useful for military missions that are done by NATO-members, but not as NATO missions?

On the face of it, the question in the title seems banal: NATO members' armies practice in multinational maneuvers, have certain standards to allow their armies to integrate well with each other. So ...
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Why didn't the army use its influence to save Gen. Parvez Musharraf from numerous cases?

It is generally believed that the Pakistan army has a great influence on Pakistan's politics and judiciary. If that is the truth, then why couldn't Gen. Pervez Musharraf avoid a myriad of cases ...
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Are Ukrainian civilians forced to fight against their will?

Multiple European newspapers stated that the Ukrainian government was doing everything in its power to allow the Ukrainian civilians to flee the country safely. I was under the impression that ...
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How do the US President's and Secretary of Defense's power to deploy troops differ?

In the May 17, 2022 Late Night with Stephen Colbert clip Mark Esper's Loyalty To The Constitution Got Him Fired From The T**** Administration in a segment where he recounted several instances of ...
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Why does the Indian government seem reluctant to appoint a new CDS?

The post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) remains vacant after the death of India's first CDS, General Bipin Rawat, in December 2021. The post was advertised to be extremely crucial when it was created....
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What are Taiwanese required to do and sign to travel to China? Can active, reserve or retired military do so?

The extent of my knowledge is that when Taiwanese individuals would like to travel to China for business and/or pleasure they can not use the same passport they use for travel elsewhere. Instead they ...
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What happens with Ålands demilitarised status when Finland joins NATO?

In May 2022, Finland announced its intention to apply for NATO membership. Assuming Finland becomes a NATO member, what does that mean for Åland? Åland is an autonomous and demilitarised region of ...
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Any adverse effects/repercussions due to Ukraine's "serious snub" of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier lasting longer than a few news cycles?

Wikipedia's Frank-Walter Steinmeier; 2022 Kyiv visit says: In April 2022, Steinmeier abandoned plans to visit Kyiv after admitting he would not be welcome in Ukraine in what was seen as a serious ...
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Is signing security pacts with other countries within the UK government powers?

On May 11th 2022, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed security pacts with Sweden and Finland. Is this something the Government could do without passing any legislation through Parliament and ...
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Is the concept of MAD becoming obsolete? [closed]

Is the concept of MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction less applicable today compared to say 40 years ago as seen by the West? My contention is ...
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Was the recent spate of military coups in Africa done so with either the overt or covert support of the USA? [closed]

The Intercept has reported that since 2008, at least eight successful military coups have occurred in Africa led by US trained soldiers: Guinea, Mauritanea and the Gambia, and also three times each in ...
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Pentagon: "The intelligence that we provide to Ukraine is legal, is lawful." Is there even a recognized concept of legal and/or lawful intelligence?

CNN's May 6, 2022 White House walks a fine line with intelligence sharing in Ukraine "I wouldn't describe any line as thin or imaginary," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told CNN's ...
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In 73 years has there really been only one occasion where NATO's article 5 applies?

The September 11, 2001 attack on the US remains the only time NATOs article 5 has been invoked. But during the existence of article 5 has any NATO country suffered a significant qualifying attack (see ...
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What are the societal and economic benefits of Britain's military spending?

The United Kingdom spends considerably more on defense as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) among countries with a similar need. According to Wikipedia, the United Kingdom spends 2.2% of ...
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Do wars on foreign soil often affect military celebrations?

Many countries hold annual military celebrations of various kinds. How have these been affected when they were in another war? On foreign soil of course. I'm looking for examples of countries ...
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What are the terms of the agreement between Russia and Denmark on the militarization of Bornholm?

In a Danish newspaper article it is mentioned that the Russian ambassador implies that there is a treaty regarding troops on Bornholm. The Danish government denies this. What is the article referring ...
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Are military units marching in military parades considered military or civilian targets?

Russian Federation is widely expected to conduct its annual military parade on May 9th. The parade traditionally takes places on the Red Square with many "military units" marching over a ...
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Where are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia coming from?

Are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia in the Ukrainian war coming from their preexisting storage? Or, have they increased their production since the start of the war?
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How did Russia officially react to Finland unilaterally denouncing part III of the 1947 peace treaty?

In connection to a recent question, various sources (e.g.) say that in the 1990s Finland has denounced part III of the 1947 peace treaty with Russia. That part contains limitations on the Finnish ...
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What are the flags being flown by this column of Russian tanks?

I just saw this video of Russian tanks on a video on Twitter. I can see four different flags flown by the soldiers but I can't make out what they are apart from the last one which just looks like the ...
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What is "quantum" and why is it "incredibly important for Australia's defense", or for any advanced country's defense for that matter?

In this short Reuters April 6, 2022 video LIVE: Australia PM Morrison holds news conference on AUKUS and in the official transcript Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: Now, of course, ...
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