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Is Israel's Air Defense System, Iron Dome, 90% successful?

According to New York Times, March 20 about Israel's Air Defense System, Iron Dome: Israeli officials initially claimed success rates of up to 90 percent. ... But a growing chorus of weapons ...
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Can a commercial flight be mistaken for a fighter jet? [duplicate]

There were a couple of incidence where passenger planes were mistaken for fighter jets or military aeroplanes and were brought down with missiles. I am skeptical that if we have such an accurate ...
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Could we buy every homeless person a house with the money spent on the F-35?

I've come across a number of articles that suggest that if we took all the money that we spent on the F-35 jet, every homeless person in the US could have been given a $600,000 home. Could this be ...
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Are Soldiers Overdiagnosed with PTSD in the US Military?

I am a combat veteran, but I was not diagnosed with PTSD. When I was in the military, there were Soldiers with PTSD who had never served in a combat zone. There were also Soldiers who served in a ...
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Does the US military always seek Native Americans' permission before naming equipment after tribes? [on hold]

RHINODEN on RANGERUP claims: Most importantly of all, however, with the slightest bit of research, or if he possessed the slightest bit of journalistic integrity, Simon Waxman would have found ...
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Will Lori Robinson command the largest ever theater of operation for a non-pilot?

The Washington Times claims of Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson that The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to ...
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Do European countries maintain Air Force on high alert?

A question asked here recently "Is Switzerland vulnerable to aerial threats outside office hours?" kind of implies that this is something unusual. But is it really something unusual in Europe? Do ...
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Do US Military personnel have to observe Ramadan while Gideon volunteers are banned from bases?

The website The Gateway Pundit claims "Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules" : The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The ...
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Does nuclear deterrence work? [closed]

A commonly held theory and an often-used argument in favour of the possession of nuclear weapons is that it deters foreign states from military threats against vital interests. For example, see ...
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Are there US military bases where only singles can work?

As mentioned in this article, And surely you also know that all Thunder Cove military employees must be single with no families? Is there such a requirement in some US military bases?
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Did any armed forces, or units give pets to their soldiers at the start of their training which they were required to kill at the end of it?

In the QI episode about killers the panel mentions that German SS soldiers during WWII were given puppies at the start of their training to raise, and then they were required to kill the dogs at the ...
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Was Truman told that the first atom bomb was going to be used on a military target?

In his diary entry for July 25, 1945, US President Harry S. Truman wrote: This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10th. I have told the Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it ...
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Is it possible for Armavir to see ballistic missile over Mediterranean (how high was it)? [closed]

Some time ago there were several statements about missile launch detection over the Midterranean using russian Station Armavir: ...
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Were two ballistic missiles fired from Spain towards Syria?

The Lebanese news sitem Almanar News cites an anonymous source claiming that two missiles were fired by US forces in Spain towards Syria. They were detected by Russia, it sparked an international ...
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Can a US veteran who died after their discharge from the service be buried in full military honors?

warning, minor spoilers for the HBO series True Blood... In the 9th episode at the 6th season of True Blood, Life Matters, one of the characters is buried. Can the family of a deceased US veteran ...
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Were the Japanese suing for peace prior to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

In the United States, it is a widely-held belief that an invasion of the Japanese main islands would have been necessary were it not for the use of atomic bombs (putting aside the question of whether ...
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Are many US Army Rangers young people with no combat experience?

The context is the film Black Hawk Down. The film portrays most of the US Rangers as young men, often with no or little combat experience. Furthermore, some of them are chalk commanders, even with no ...
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Does North Korea have largest special forces in the World?

One of the claims repeated very often lately is that North Korea has largest special forces in the World (such a claim can be found for example in "North Korea a country study" by Federal Research ...
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Did ancient Chinese frontline troops decapitate themselves to scare their foes?

From Wikipedia's page on King Goujian of Yue, a king in Ancient China (~500BCE): King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle by forcing its front line, composed of ...
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Did the newly elected pope, Jorge Bergoglio (Francis), play any role in the 1976-1983 military regime in Argentina?

Now that the head of the Catholic Church has been announced to be Jorge Bergoglio, ex-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the word has been spreading that he played a significant role in the National ...
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Did Canadian company HyperStealth invent an invisibility cloak?

This seemingly legitimate camouflage design company says it invented an invisibility cloak called Quantum Stealth that works by bending light "without cameras, batteries, lights or mirrors." ...
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Do Elite US military units use Kalashnikov weapons?

From Spiegel: This automatic weapon [Kalashnikov], known in Russian simply as an "avtomat," even receives the highest praise from Americans, Rogozin reported. Elite US military units use it, he ...
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Does a column of marching soldiers have to break their rhythm while crossing a bridge to prevent its collapse?

I recently stumbled across this article "Why are soldiers ordered to break their marching steps while crossing a bridge?" (The Times of India) where a claim is made: When soldiers march in three ...
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Are North Korea launching satellites to provide cover for testing of long-range missile technology?

I see recently on the news that the US, Japan, and South Korea are opposed to North Korea's satellite launch because, they claim, it's a cover-up for testing long-range missile technology. From the ...
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Did the US military pay $600 for a hammer?

I have heard this story for years now, about how the US military paid $600 per hammer for everyday garden-variety hammers. Today, for the first time, I saw an article debunking the story. But that ...
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Does Disney have the third largest navy in the world?

Does Disney really have the world's third/fourth/fifth/sixth/seventh largest "navy"? I've often seen this claim being bandied about on trivia sites and the like. But there are never any credible ...
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Does the Defense establishment have plants in vast majority of Congressional districts?

One of the commonly cited reasons for the ratcheting of defense spending in the United States is that it's an easily justifiable kickback (tugging on patriotic heart strings) to representatives' ...
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Did the Liberator pistol take longer to reload than to manufacture?

It is said the the Liberator pistol made bay the U.S. in WWII took longer to reload than it did to manufacture the gun, is this true? The Liberator was a single-shot pistol stamped out of sheet ...
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Did the military start the “No alcohol after vaccines” meme?

The Travel Doctor (a chain of clinics that does vaccination for travellers) claims Can I drink alcohol after vaccines? [Don't drink too much after Japanese Encephalitis vaccine] The myth ...
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Is the US Army Field Manual 30-31B a forgery?

Wikipedia describes content of the US Army Field Manual 30-31B: It identifies a strategy of tension involving violent attacks which are then blamed on radical left-wing groups in order to convince ...
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Was Iran Air Flight 655 shot down by mistake?

Iran Air Flight 655 is allegedly a case of "mistaken identity". Is it possible for AEGIS with most advanced radar system ever put on a ship, not to be able tell a difference between an F-14 and ...
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Did Obama have a marine demoted for correcting him?

Someone sent me the following claim: a US Army person who had met with President Obama had suggested that he was wearing his American Flag lapel pin upside down. Obama had the woman removed from her ...
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Was Kursk sunk by USS Memphis?

On of the theories in the Kursk incident suggest that it was sunk by USS Memphis following the collision with USS Toledo. Theory has originally surfaced in 2005 film, but lately allegedly there are ...
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Can the Taliban detect drone targets with a camcorder?

The New York Times today published an article in which senior Taliban commander Wali ur-Rehman claims the Taliban now uses camcorders to scan cars and other potential drone targets. Mr. Rehman ...
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Can dolphins accidentally detonate naval mines?

According to animal rights activists, U.S. Navy's usage of dolphins to locate naval mines is questionable, as they may cause mine to explode: The ethics behind using these mammals during war is ...
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Are US-sold aircrafts not able to shoot on Israeli targets?

According to this article, the old U.S. system ... automatically identified all Israeli targets as a "friend," preventing Turkish fighter jets from firing at them, even if Turkish pilots were ...
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Are Police and Army training made tough to ensure that the personnel learn to follow orders?

Army and police training are physically daunting tasks; everyone knows that. One particular reason is to make the trainees physically strong and fit. But, on more than one occasion, I have heard ...
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Are MAVs (micro air vehicles) a legitimate future possibility?

Someone recently sent me THIS video about "micro air vehicles" (MAVs), essentially bug and bird look-alikes that are really airborne spy drone vehicles for military surveillance. It's just a concept ...
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Were there army experiments to give humans infrared vision?

Disclaimer: Infrared is maybe the wrong term, I took it to mean anything that we do not currently perceive with a longer wavelength than what we see as red. I don't think in the following they refer ...
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Could the USA have a secret colony on mars?

I've read a number of articles suggesting that the USA has a mars colony, including (if I recall correctly, but I can't find the link now) one where an official in China stated that they believed the ...
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Has France ever won a war?

France is commonly made fun of for not having won a war, for instance when they rejoined NATO and the daily mail made fun of them: Why did the French celebrate their World Cup in 1998 so wildly? ...
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Is it possible to fly 4 helicopters anywhere in a country without official knowledge?

According to reports, there were 4 helicopters used in the raid on Osama Bin Laden. They apparently left from Ghazi. Is it conceivable that even one helicopter could be flown so close to the capital ...
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Are there no atheists in foxholes?

As Merlin Mann once said, There are no atheists in foxholes and firmware updates. Okay, scratch the firmware part, but you see the core sentiment expressed quite commonly. I've never fully ...
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Is there evidence to support that Area 51 was just a cover-up for a much larger operation?

Area 51 is frequently mystified in popular movies, stories, alien investigations, and sometimes, even the media. If the US really wanted to keep this a secret, why would they allow the media to ...