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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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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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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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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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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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Did US troops drop aid without parachutes?

http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/08/12/much-of-the-us-aid-to-yazidis-useless-because-it-was-dropped-from-15000ft-without-parachutes-and-exploded-on-impact/ The site claimed that water and food are ...
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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 for ...
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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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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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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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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've ...
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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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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 this video show a sniper shooting a Palestinian?

In this troubling [not suitable for all audiences] video, you see a young man being shot. There were many claims on Reddit that it was fake, and then claims that it was real. Is there a way to know ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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?
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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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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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Has Russia invaded Ukraine? [closed]

The New York Times and many other media have reported that Russia invaded Ukraine: A senior NATO official confirmed on Wednesday what Ukrainian military officials and monitors from the Organization ...
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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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Do European countries maintain Air Force on high alert? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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/215817662998126593 But ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 ...