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An organization authorized by its greater society to use lethal force, usually including use of weapons, in defending its country by combating actual or perceived threats.

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Are there artificially created viruses that are both deadly like Ebola and transmissible like the common cold?

A popular YouTube personality, Dr. John Campbell, a retired nurse teacher, makes a claim in a May 4th video around the 4m27s mark: Now let's be quite clear. No-one is saying [SARS-CoV-2] is a ...
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Can Russian electronic warfare systems “shoot down” or even “take over control” of (enemy) drones?

Various reports on the feats of Russian ECW systems in Syria against drones, e.g. According to a report published by Avia.Pro, an Israeli drone used in an air strike in Syria was shot down by the ...
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Did Turkey neutralize thousands of Syrian Army soldiers?

Operation Spring Shield was a Turkish military operation between from February 27 to March 3rd. A Turkish news source article, Turkey neutralizes 3,000+ regime elements in Idlib, Syria reported on ...
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Did China steal technology from the USA to make their J-20?

The Chengdu J-20 is a Chinese fighter aircraft. Wikipedia reports that The combination of an integrated targeting pod with spherically situated passive-optical tracking system is reported similar ...
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Is SARS-CoV-2 a biological weapon released by the US military?

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that is the cause of the disease COVID-19. Some people have questioned the origins of the virus. RadioFreeEurope reported on March 5, 2020 on a claim by an Iranian ...
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Was the 1971 Pakistani surrender in Bangladesh the first public surrender in history?

In 1971 India invaded east Pakistan, which ended in the "public surrender" of the Pakistani military on the 16th of December, and modern day Bangladesh is the result. Many of the articles and videos ...
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In WWI, did the British Board of Invention and Research propose conditioning seagulls to associate a submarine's periscope with food?

One of the more unusual ideas proposed by the BIR [British Board of Invention and Research] involved dragging a dummy periscope behind a ship while food was discharged nearby. The aim was to attract a ...
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Did 30 U.S. Marines die in a helicopter crash between January 24th and January 27th, 2020?

Social media and some news websites are reporting that there was a helicopter crash in Iraq that killed 30 U.S. Marines over the weekend of 24-27 January 2020. From Google, found when googling "...
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Has Trump, as of January 2020, used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter?

Last week, David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times claimed (archive): Love or hate him, Trump has used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter. There are ...
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Does this image show General Soleimani with American troops?

VeteransToday (amongst others) have shown this image, and claimed it shows Iranian General Soleimani who was recently killed by US drones with American Troops: This version of the image is from ...
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Was Lt. Col. Vindman a registered Democrat?

The Washington Examiner states: Trump has accused Vindman of being a “Never Trumper,” a charge the NSC official denied on Tuesday. “I would call myself Never Partisan,” Vindman told the House ...
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Do US Navy SEALs select team members by performance vs trust ratings?

In one presentation which has gone viral on Linkedin, author/motivational speaker Simon Sinek claims that US Navy SEALs select candidates for 'SEAL Team 6' by rating them by two characteristics: '...
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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?

CNN reports: Analysts such as Bowman say part of the outrage is driven by the fact that "we would have not defeated ISIS' Caliphate ... without their help" and that the Kurds had just recently ...
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Does the United States Army pay $1,200 per civilian killed to their family?

In Season 4, Episode 1 of This Is Us, character Cassidy Sharp Is this number accurate? Does the United States Army pay families $1,200 per civilian killed? If so, does the Army financially ...
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Does the US Armed Forces refuse to recruit anyone with an IQ less than 83?

In this video, Jordan Peterson claims the following. You can't induct someone into the Armed Forces in the US if they have an IQ of less than 83. He claims that the armed forces needs an accurate ...
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Is Iran recovering debris of the shot-down Global Hawk in its own coastal waters?

There is currently contradicting information regarding to the location where the USAF RQ-4 Global Hawk was shot down by Iranian forces, with the US claiming it happened over international waters and ...
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Have more people “been to space than have flown in a B-2?”

According to Popular Mechanics (emphasis added): More people have been to space than have flown in a B-2. ... A B-2 pilot at Whiteman [Air Force Base] told me that the number of astronauts who'...
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Did the Taliban shoot down a US B-52 Bomber on or around April 10th, 2019? [closed]

Sputnik News is reporting that an American B-52 Bomber was shot down by Taliban militants shortly after taking off from "Shawrab Airbase" in Afghanistan in the early morning hours of April 10th, 2019. ...
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Has the US killed close to half a million since 9/11?

The Brookings Register reports a half a million people have been killed by the US since 9/11. From A different path: Let’s try nonviolence: According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, ...
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Was the debris of a missile presented by India authentic?

In February 2019, Indian officials presented the alleged wreckage of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile as evidence that Pakistan used an F-16 in the shooting down of IAF jets (as only an F-16 could fire ...
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Did Trump reveal the identities of a SEAL team in Iraq?

According to Newsweek (and several other news outlets that cite Newsweek), during his trip to Iraq over Christmas, Trump revealed the identities of a SEAL team that was deployed in Iraq. President ...
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Was the Polish army the fifth largest in 1939?

In an Italian mini-series, Campi di Battaglia, in an episode about tanks, they claim that the Polish army ranked fifth worldwide just before the German invasion in 1939. I think the claim refers to ...
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Was George H. W. Bush the “youngest pilot in the US Navy”?

According to this Miller Center, Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday and became notable as the youngest pilot to earn his wings in World War II. And, again, on The Independent, he ...
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When John McCain was shot down was his mission to bomb a civilian light bulb factory?

From RT, "Trump is right (but only on this): McCain is no war hero" John McCain flew ground-attack aircraft from carriers in the US Navy. He was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and spent the ...
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Does the US military use an Xbox 360 controller to control one of their EOD robots?

According to this 2016 gameranx video: The US military actually uses an Xbox 360 controller for EOD robots - which are essentially robots that pick up bombs, or deliver bombs. (EOD stands for ...
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Why aren't we using AI to inform our militaries? [closed]

I came across this article that said AI was almost if not as good as humans in team player games like DOTA. Now DOTA has landscapes, multiple players, different abilities etc. So that immediately set ...
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Did Air Force personnel tell Trump the F-35 is something “you can't see”?

I know there's a question here which addresses the "it is invisible" claim. What I want to ask here is based on the two of the earliest (and most detailed) claims that Trump made on the topic, ...
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Is the F-35 aircraft literally invisible? [closed]

Donald Trump said of the F-35 "You can’t see it. You literally can’t see it. It’s hard to fight a plane you can’t see" The video of him saying this makes it seem as if he really believes it can't be ...
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Does the Iranian Navy have long-range phased array radar systems?

Iran routinely unveils new defense products. Most of them are alleged to be fake. For instance: 1. Fake stealth jet. 2. Fake development of jet engine 3. Fake development of jet fighter ... and, so ...
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“Relax and Win” - Classified military method to fall asleep quick?

The book Relax and Win by Bud Winter (a track coach) claims to reveal relaxation techniques developed by him and others for the US military: Based on mental and physical training methods used to ...
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Did India conduct a fake military strike across the Western border in 2016?

On 29 September 2016 Indian government claimed that they conducted a 'Surgical Strike' (military operation) across the Western border with Pakistan. Pakistan military rejected the claim ...
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Did Pakistan military and allies rape 200-400 thousand women during the 1971 war?

A 2016 article from the Indian Express, When raped women and war babies paid the price of a new nation, refers to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and states: An official estimate of 200,000 to 400,...
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Did Pakistan supply an F-16 fighter jet to China for reverse engineering?

According to Bharat Karnad, in an opinion published in the Hindustan Times in 2017: PAF long ago passed on an F-16 to China for its aircraft designers to study and to reverse engineer many of its ...
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Is Netherlands no longer able to start war without permission from Germany?

I stumbled upon this article, dated April 14 2016, titled "Germany Is Taking Over the Dutch Army". The article says that Huge portions of the Dutch military are being merged with the German Army,...
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Did the fallout from American nuclear tests kill hundreds of thousands of American civilians?

A recent paper has been making the social media rounds, that estimates the number of American deaths due to radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing to be between 340,000 and 690,000 between ...
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Was the Browning Automatic Rifle kept from US troops during WWI?

On the History Channel show Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 2 (S05E30) there is a segment on the French Chauchat rifle. Dr. Jack Atwater, former director of the US Army Ordnance Museum, makes ...
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Has any other president personally paid the family of a fallen soldier?

I was reading in the news that President Donald Trump has written a check for $25,000 for the family of a fallen soldier. The article, indirectly quoted Donald Trump as saying: “He said, ‘I’m going ...
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Was US Marine Corps recruits' training debrutalized as a result of the publication of the movie Full Metal Jacket?

The claim comes from Quora.com. One of the answer to the question "How accurate is the portrayal of the Marine Corps boot camp in Full Metal Jacket?" reads as follows: Full Metal Jacket opened in ...
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Did North Korea shoot two missiles over Japan?

How can I independently verify that a missile was launched by North Korea and that it flew over Japan? Background: I live in Japan and this morning Japanese and Western news were full of articles ...
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What is the economic burden of having transgender people in the US military?

Donald Trump recently said on Twitter that the US ... cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. What are the medical and ...
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Is Kaspersky Lab a military unit?

In this article, McClatchy DC bureau claims that one of the certificates the Kaspersky Lab received from Russian FSB/KGB reveals that the entire Kaspersky Lab joint-stock company is actually a FSB ...
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Does the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier have unlimited distance range?

According to Wikipedia USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier range is unlimited distance. How can this be possible? It says it uses nuclear power/engines. How can this be safe for a military ...
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Did the US Army use children to check for IEDs? [closed]

According to Cracked, an ex-intelligence officer claims that US soldiers would throw candy into the streets to have kids check for IEDs. I'm unable to find any evidence for this claim. I could be ...
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Is “five” removed from military countdowns because it sounds like “fire”?

This question on english.stackexchange.com asks if a word with multiple meanings could be misunderstood and result in death. This answer says: The word 'five' is generally omitted from countdowns ...
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Did the Syrian government use Sarin (or other chemical weapons) in the 2017 Khan Shaykhun attack? [closed]

On the 4 April 2017, there was an airstrike attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria, with over 70 civilians killed and many hundreds injured. Responsibility is attributed to the Syrian ...
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Did 304 US soldiers kill themselves in 2009 compared to 149 killed in Iraq?

An image posted on reddit this week has been getting a lot of attention. The image is of a mural claiming that in 2009, 304 US soilders committed suicide compared to 149 killed in Iraq. What is the ...
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Were the nuclear capabilities of the F-35 decisive in the decision to have it replace the Dutch F-16s?

The Dutch F-16s have been due for replacement for some time. The discussion about which plane should replace it took its course for over a decade and several different Dutch administrations, from the ...
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Were 900,000 US troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan?

According to the IB Times, 900,000 troops have been injured in the wars in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They claim there have been that many troops treated at Veterans hospitals through December ...
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Does mixing genders in an army lead to a lower incidence of sexual abuse by male soldiers?

The Israeli Knesset member Merav Michaeli has uploaded a video to her Facebook page where she claims: אני רוצה לדבר על זה שאילו מתחילת הקריירה הצבאית שלו היו ליד אופק בוכריס חיילות לוחמות, וקצינות ...
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What makes up $17,500 cost to outfit a U.S. Soldier mentioned in War Dogs?

I just watched the movie War Dogs last night (good flick, btw), and they opened with a line that claims that it costs $17,500 to outfit the average US Soldier. Assuming this disregards training and ...