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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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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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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 ...
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Does the Middle East Institute partner with Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco?

This newsbud article claims: Lister was formerly a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar and is now a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Middle East Institute, which ...
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Were there 19,000 rapes in the US military in 2011?

Donald Trump claimed in a tweet posted by him in 2012 that Rape is a huge problem in the U.S. military. Over 19,000 rapes last year. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/...
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Do soldiers intentionally miss their targets?

The claim is that a surprising percentage of soldiers do not shoot to kill in battle or do not shoot in the general direction of the enemy at all, unless specifically conditioned to do so with special ...
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Were American female soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan more likely to be raped by their fellow soldiers than attacked by the enemy?

BradyBunch12 wrote in a Reddit post with 3.9k upvotes in What's a statistically proven fact that nobody wants to hear? While deployed in Afghanistan or Iraq, American female soldiers were more ...
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Do Danish and Canadian militaries exchange gifts on a disputed island?

The following image is circulating on LinkedIn: There is an island which is disputed territory between Canada and Denmark. The militaries of both countries periodically visit to remove the other ...
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Is Russia generations ahead in hypersonic missile development?

According to a news article on Russia Today, Russia is leading the US in hypersonic missile development by generations: The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development – ...
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Did the German navy use UV lights for communication from submarines?

An article about vision anomalies claims that the increased sensitivity to UV light in aphakia sufferers has been put to use to detect UV signal lamps from German submarines in World War II. "Let the ...
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Do veterans account for one in seven homeless US adults?

There seems to be a lot of attention towards unemployed/homeless military veterans in the USA. Are there any statistics or studies to show that this is some sort of pandemic, or at least unemployment/...
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When was Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl deployed to Afghanistan?

I have not been able to find a clear answer as to when Bergdahl was delpoyed for a school project. All sources I've found agree that he was deployed sometime during 2009, but many disagree on the ...
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Do loopholes in the Great Wall face the China side?

There is a pseudoscientific theory popularized by Russian authors Fomenko and Nosovsky which, among other things, claims that the Great Wall of China had been built by peoples living to the north of ...
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Did Native American trackers lose their tracking abilities when their hair was shaved?

Disclove.tv writes in "THE TRUTH ABOUT LONG HAIR" When questioned about their failure to perform as expected, the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military ...
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Was Russian Su-24 fighter able to disable electronics aboard USS Donald Cook and thus lead to personnel aboard the ship to resign?

According to some news sources, an incident occurred on April 11th, 2014, between a Russian SU-24 fighter jet (some articles refer to it as a "tactical bomber") and USS Donald Cook (a guided missile ...
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Is the lighthouse and American navy story a real event?

I've known for some time the joke about the American military ship insisting that another ship moves out of their way just to discover it was a lighthouse. I've always thought it was simply a joke, ...
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Have US Navy SEALS used tomahawks?

I read the first paragraph of an article in The New York Times today. It said of US Navy SEAL Team 6: On clandestine raids in the dead of the night, their weapons of choice have ranged from ...
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Did an experiment show none of 680 Air Force cadets were of “average” size?

Various workshops given by Nielsen-Norman Group in the User Experience field, mention a specific experiment that involved Air Force cadets. The experiment is meant to illustrate the point that there'...
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Did the Roman army have more servants than soldiers?

In one of his essays Joel Spolsky (co-founder of Stack Exchange) wrote: [...] the Roman army had a ratio of four servants for every soldier. Is this true?
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Is this a US military armored vehicle modified for railroad use?

Is the vehicle depicted below some form of US military armored vehicle modified for use on railroads? Is it an MRAP so modified? Is it self-powered or simply able to be towed by a locomotive?