History UsefulNotes / YanksWithTanks

5th Feb '17 6:30:12 PM alezfilm869
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The US military is so powerful because theirs is the world's single-largest economy, and the equivalent value of 4% of everything bought and sold in the country is spent on the military[[labelnote:*]]4% of GDP, about twice the figure of similarly well-developed economies[[/labelnote]]. The USA's spending on its military has generally remained above this level since about 1940, when it first decided to field a military on the same level as the other Great Powers of the day, and the cumulative effect of this high spending has been an increase of its capabilities. The USA's WorldWarTwo and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold-War military budgets were much higher]] than today's, and when paired with US belligerency scared the Soviets so much it nearly resulted in WorldWarThree on two notable occasions[[labelnote:*]]the 'Cuban Crisis' of '62 and 'Able Archer Exercise' of '83[[/labelnote]]. After the conciliatory atttitude of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan laid Soviet fears of annihilation to rest, the USSR's long-term high military expenses (previously needed to keep up with the US) caught up with her and contributed to her relatively peaceful self-dismemberment and suicide.

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The US military is so ''so'' powerful because theirs is the world's single-largest economy, and the equivalent value of 4% of everything bought and sold in the country is spent on the military[[labelnote:*]]4% of GDP, about twice the figure of similarly well-developed economies[[/labelnote]]. The USA's spending on its military has generally remained above this level since about 1940, when it first decided to field a military on the same level as the other Great Powers of the day, and the cumulative effect of this high spending has been an increase of its capabilities. The USA's WorldWarTwo and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold-War military budgets were much higher]] than today's, and when paired with US belligerency scared the Soviets so much it nearly resulted in WorldWarThree on two notable occasions[[labelnote:*]]the 'Cuban Crisis' of '62 and 'Able Archer Exercise' of '83[[/labelnote]]. After the conciliatory atttitude of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan laid Soviet fears of annihilation to rest, the USSR's long-term high military expenses (previously needed to keep up with the US) caught up with her and contributed to her relatively peaceful self-dismemberment and suicide.
14th Jan '17 6:07:44 PM ZoeticRoo
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* The '''Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II''', aka the Joint Strike Fighter. A new multirole fighter, [[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-35-int.htm co-produced with the UK, and several other nations]]. It's a return to [=McNamara's=] ideal of a single plane serving all branches of the armed forces, and has three different variants: a standard version for the Air Force, a carrier based version for the Navy, and a vertical take off/landing version for the Marine Corps. Like the F-22, it has stealth capability, though not to the Raptor's extent. The USAF intends for the F-35 to fill the "workhorse ground-attack machine" niche the F-16 filled in the Fourth Generation, with the F-22 replacing the F-15 the same way. Though initially billed as a bargain, recent developments suggests that due to delays (including some changes in weapon bay requirements), the plane won't be that much cheaper than the F-22. The estimated initial operating capability date is in the 2016-2017 timeframe.

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* The '''Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II''', aka the Joint Strike Fighter. A new multirole fighter, [[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-35-int.htm co-produced with the UK, and several other nations]]. It's a return to [=McNamara's=] ideal of a single plane serving all branches of the armed forces, and has three different variants: a standard version for the Air Force, a carrier based version for the Navy, and a vertical take off/landing version for the Marine Corps. Like the F-22, it has stealth capability, though not to the Raptor's extent. The USAF intends for the F-35 to fill the "workhorse ground-attack machine" niche the F-16 filled in the Fourth Generation, with the F-22 replacing the F-15 the same way. Though initially billed as a bargain, recent developments suggests that due to delays (including some changes in weapon bay requirements), the plane won't be that much cheaper than the F-22. The estimated initial operating capability date is in the 2016-2017 timeframe. By this time, F-35 unit costs have fallen dramatically, with all three variants expected to fall near or below $100 million a pop once they reach full production.
14th Jan '17 2:05:32 PM ZoeticRoo
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*Ballistic missile defenses. The lion's share of BMD technology is American in origin. The Navy's Standard Missile 3, on top of defending USN and Japanese cruisers and destroyers, is also based on land throughout Europe. The Army's THAAD system also protects American bases the world over. One of the only other significant BMD systems, that of Israel, is also heavily supported by the USA, monetarily and technologically. Suffice to say that US weaponry is the chief protection against the unlikely event of any sort of ballistic missile attack, regardless of source, for much of the globe.
14th Jan '17 1:33:57 PM ZoeticRoo
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*** The reasons for retiring the A-10 have grown steadily more rational over the years. The Warthog's fabled wing payloads are exceeded by newer fighters and planned attack aircraft. The GAU-8, while formidable against light armor and softer targets, has been imeffective against tanks from most angles for a long time; more importantly, flying low to use it exposes the A-10 to short range AA systems, which have gotten much, much more dangerous, as recent conflicts have delivered sophisticated man-portable systems to even relatively small rebel groups. A-10's fabled toughness serves it well, but other candidates for these missions are fully configured to avoid shots instead of withstanding them by striking from safer altitudesand distances; A-10 can do this as well, but has a huge amount of weight on board that is designed for a more primitive form of war. Features like a titanium bathtub and a 30mm cannon with seven barrels have been rendered obsolete by low-weight, high-accuracy smart bombs that can deal with armored and unarmed threats from a safe distance, with a low risk of colateral damage.
16th Nov '16 7:19:17 PM dlchen145
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* Special Operations units will usually be depicted as a separate breed compared to everyone else. They're either depicted as {{badass}}es, or they are [[WorfEffect handed a red shirt to demonstrate just how deadly the villain is]].

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* Special Operations units will usually be depicted as a separate breed compared to everyone else. They're either depicted as {{badass}}es, badasses, or they are [[WorfEffect handed a red shirt to demonstrate just how deadly the villain is]].



There are specific but very noteworthy pieces of culture within the services, too. For example, from 1989 to 2004, the F-14 Tomcat squadrons in the Navy Air Corps released an annual ''Fighter Fling,'' a sort of yearbook turned into one long FanVid celebrating all the Tomcat squadrons by setting clips of them being {{Badass}} or [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Eared]] to whatever music was popular at the time. Some of these videos show up on Website/YouTube occasionally, but as is the case with modern anime/movie/video game-based {{Fan Vid}}s, they are often taken down thanks to DMCA (due to the music—the visual elements are public domain from their creation as U.S. government works).

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There are specific but very noteworthy pieces of culture within the services, too. For example, from 1989 to 2004, the F-14 Tomcat squadrons in the Navy Air Corps released an annual ''Fighter Fling,'' a sort of yearbook turned into one long FanVid celebrating all the Tomcat squadrons by setting clips of them being {{Badass}} badass or [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Eared]] to whatever music was popular at the time. Some of these videos show up on Website/YouTube occasionally, but as is the case with modern anime/movie/video game-based {{Fan Vid}}s, they are often taken down thanks to DMCA (due to the music—the visual elements are public domain from their creation as U.S. government works).
24th Sep '16 8:33:25 PM The_Pyro_Jawsome
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*** Players of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2]] will fondly remember this as the ''Warthog'' scorestreak. This thing well deserved the point requirement to call it in, as the enemy team will most likely die every pass. Fittingly, it's call sign is "Reaper".

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*** Players of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2]] ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' will fondly remember this as the ''Warthog'' scorestreak. This thing well deserved the point requirement to call it in, as the enemy team will most likely die every pass. Fittingly, it's call sign is "Reaper".
9th Sep '16 9:32:51 AM The_Pyro_Jawsome
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*** Players of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2]] will fondly remember this as the ''Warthog'' scorestreak. This thing well deserved the point requirement to call it in, as the enemy team will most likely die every pass. Fittingly, it's call sign is "Reaper".
30th Aug '16 9:27:03 AM Synthesis
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* '''Advances in technology.''' In the Information Age, everything is meticulously recorded and tracked. The modern battlefield allows such precision control of ''everything'' that it has done much to actually reduce the amount of friendly fire incidents. Even worse, modern weapons are so lethal that the margin of error is approaching the Planck Length; you'd better just pray you were aiming in the right spot when you hit the trigger, because once the weapon is released, ''someone'' is going to die. An unfortunate demonstration of how lethal high technology is came when the ''USS Vincennes'', a ''Ticonderoga''-class missile cruiser with unparalleled air-defense capabilities, air-defended itself an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Air_Flight_655 Iranian Airbus A300 passenger aircraft]], Flight 655, identified as an Iranian F-14 (see above about export of equipment) in Iranian waters in 1988.

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* '''Advances in technology.''' In the Information Age, everything is meticulously recorded and tracked. The modern battlefield allows such precision control of ''everything'' that it has done much to actually reduce the amount of friendly fire incidents. Even worse, modern weapons are so lethal that the margin of error is approaching the Planck Length; you'd better just pray you were aiming in the right spot when you hit the trigger, because once the weapon is released, ''someone'' is going to die. An unfortunate demonstration of how lethal high technology is came when the ''USS Vincennes'', a ''Ticonderoga''-class missile cruiser with unparalleled air-defense capabilities, air-defended itself against an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Air_Flight_655 Iranian Airbus A300 passenger aircraft]], Flight 655, identified as an Iranian F-14 (see above about export of equipment) in Iranian waters in 1988.
2nd Aug '16 2:43:41 PM DesignatedNPC
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The US military is so powerful because theirs is the world's single-largest economy, and the equivalent value of 4% of everything bought and sold in the country is spent on the military (4% of GDP, about twice the figure of similarly well-developed economies). The USA's spending on its military has generally remained above this level since about 1940, when it first decided to field a military on the same level as the other Great Powers of the day, and the cumulative effect of this high spending has been an increase of its capabilities. The USA's WorldWarTwo and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold-War military budgets were much higher]] than today's, and when paired with US belligerency scared the Soviets so much it nearly resulted in WorldWarThree on two notable occasions (the 'Cuban Crisis' of '62 and 'Able Archer Exercise' of '83). After the conciliatory atttitude of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan laid Soviet fears of annihilation to rest, the USSR's long-term high military expenses (previously needed to keep up with the US) caught up with her and contributed to her relatively peaceful self-dismemberment and suicide.

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The US military is so powerful because theirs is the world's single-largest economy, and the equivalent value of 4% of everything bought and sold in the country is spent on the military (4% military[[labelnote:*]]4% of GDP, about twice the figure of similarly well-developed economies).economies[[/labelnote]]. The USA's spending on its military has generally remained above this level since about 1940, when it first decided to field a military on the same level as the other Great Powers of the day, and the cumulative effect of this high spending has been an increase of its capabilities. The USA's WorldWarTwo and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold-War military budgets were much higher]] than today's, and when paired with US belligerency scared the Soviets so much it nearly resulted in WorldWarThree on two notable occasions (the occasions[[labelnote:*]]the 'Cuban Crisis' of '62 and 'Able Archer Exercise' of '83).'83[[/labelnote]]. After the conciliatory atttitude of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan laid Soviet fears of annihilation to rest, the USSR's long-term high military expenses (previously needed to keep up with the US) caught up with her and contributed to her relatively peaceful self-dismemberment and suicide.



The '''United States Army''' is the largest branch of the American armed forces by numbers, with over 500,000 active duty troops. In addition to infantry, the Army has [[CoolCar HMMWV's]][[note]] AKA the "Humvee"[[/note]], trucks, [[TanksButNoTanks armored cars and trucks]], [[TankGoodness armored cavalry]], [[DeathFromAbove helicopters]], airplanes, and artillery. The United States Army is not to be confused with the '''Army of the United States'''. The Army of the United States refers to the conscript army that may be raised at the discretion of Congress in times of crisis. It incorporates regular Army units whenever it is formed.

The '''United States Navy''' is the third largest navy in the world, with over 200 commissioned (the ones that get the USS prefix) ships and over 200 support and standby ships. This is the branch that really sets the US military apart from the rest. Many countries have sizeable defensive forces but none are anywhere as capable in overseas deployment : the USN has 10 full-length nuclear aircraft carriers (ten ''Nimitz''-class carriers, and a newer one to enter service soon). All of them are individually larger than any other carrier in foreign service, and indeed are nearly twice the size of the next largest aircraft carriers; in addition, they have ten "smaller" amphibious assault ships intended to land Marines with some air support, which are larger than all but three other aircraft carriers in the world - indeed, the US has as many aircraft carriers and more amphibious assault ships than the rest of the world combined (that's 10 and 8, respectively). Then we throw in the destroyers, cruisers, frigates, [[SuperiorFirepowerMissileSubmarines nuclear missile submarines]], attack submarines, and other assorted specialized or smaller craft and bake at 350 degrees for a really dangerous navy. In the 21st century, their continual presence on the high seas and at ports of call all over the world has made them one of the most visible and consistent projections of US global power, even in "peacetime," and has put them in a very active role fighting pirates, terrorists, and other threats to international seagoing trade.

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The '''United States Army''' is the largest branch of the American armed forces by numbers, with over 500,000 active duty troops. In addition to infantry, the Army has [[CoolCar HMMWV's]][[note]] AKA HMMWV's]][[labelnote:*]]AKA the "Humvee"[[/note]], "Humvee"[[/labelnote]], trucks, [[TanksButNoTanks armored cars and trucks]], [[TankGoodness armored cavalry]], [[DeathFromAbove helicopters]], airplanes, and artillery. The United States Army is not to be confused with the '''Army of the United States'''. The Army of the United States refers to the conscript army that may be raised at the discretion of Congress in times of crisis. It incorporates regular Army units whenever it is formed.

The '''United States Navy''' is the third largest navy in the world, world by numbers alone[[labelnote:*]]and the most powerful overall according to the Global Firepower Index[[/labelnote]], with over 200 commissioned (the ones that get the USS prefix) ships and over 200 support and standby ships. This is the branch that really sets the US military apart from the rest. Many countries have sizeable defensive forces but none are anywhere as capable in overseas deployment : the USN has 10 full-length nuclear aircraft carriers (ten ''Nimitz''-class carriers, and a newer one to enter service soon). All of them are individually larger than any other carrier in foreign service, and indeed are nearly twice the size of the next largest aircraft carriers; in addition, they have ten "smaller" amphibious assault ships intended to land Marines with some air support, which are larger than all but three other aircraft carriers in the world - indeed, the US has as many aircraft carriers and more amphibious assault ships than the rest of the world combined (that's 10 and 8, respectively). Then we throw in the destroyers, cruisers, frigates, [[SuperiorFirepowerMissileSubmarines nuclear missile submarines]], attack submarines, and other assorted specialized or smaller craft and bake at 350 degrees for a really dangerous navy. In the 21st century, their continual presence on the high seas and at ports of call all over the world has made them one of the most visible and consistent projections of US global power, even in "peacetime," and has put them in a very active role fighting pirates, terrorists, and other threats to international seagoing trade.
2nd Aug '16 2:19:21 PM DesignatedNPC
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The US military is so powerful because theirs is the world's single-largest economy, and the equivalent value of 4% of everything bought and sold in the country is spent on the military (4% of GDP, about twice the figure of similarly well-developed economies). The USA's spending on its military has generally remained above this level since about 1940, when it first decided to field a military on the same level as the other Great Powers of the day, and the cumulative effect of this high spending has been an increase of its capabilities. The USA's WorldWarTwo and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold-War military budgets were much higher]] than today's, and when paired with US belligerency this scared the Soviets so much it nearly caused WorldWarThree on two notable occasions (the 'Cuban Crisis' of '62 and 'Able Archer Exercise' of '83). After the conciliatory atttitude of the renowned peacemaker UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan laid Soviet fears of annihilation to rest, the USSR's long-term high military expenses (previously needed to keep up with the US) caught up with her and contributed to her relatively peaceful self-dismemberment and suicide.

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The US military is so powerful because theirs is the world's single-largest economy, and the equivalent value of 4% of everything bought and sold in the country is spent on the military (4% of GDP, about twice the figure of similarly well-developed economies). The USA's spending on its military has generally remained above this level since about 1940, when it first decided to field a military on the same level as the other Great Powers of the day, and the cumulative effect of this high spending has been an increase of its capabilities. The USA's WorldWarTwo and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold-War military budgets were much higher]] than today's, and when paired with US belligerency this scared the Soviets so much it nearly caused resulted in WorldWarThree on two notable occasions (the 'Cuban Crisis' of '62 and 'Able Archer Exercise' of '83). After the conciliatory atttitude of the renowned peacemaker UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan laid Soviet fears of annihilation to rest, the USSR's long-term high military expenses (previously needed to keep up with the US) caught up with her and contributed to her relatively peaceful self-dismemberment and suicide.



The '''United States Navy''' is the third largest navy in the world, with over 200 commissioned (the ones that get the USS prefix) ships and over 200 support and standby ships. This is the branch that really sets the US military apart from the rest. Many countries have sizeable defensive forces but none are anywhere as capable in overseas deployment : the USN has 10 full-length nuclear aircraft carriers (ten ''Nimitz''-class carriers, and a newer one to enter service soon). All of them are individually larger than any other carrier in foreign service, and indeed are nearly twice the size of the next largest aircraft carriers; in addition, they have ten "smaller" amphibious assault ships intended to land Marines with some air support, which are larger than all but three other aircraft carriers in the world - indeed, the US has as many aircraft carriers and more amphibious assault ships than the rest of the world combined (that's 10 and 8, respectively). Then we throw in the destroyers, cruisers, frigates, [[SuperiorFirepowerMissileSubmarines nuclear missile submarines]], attack submarines, and other assorted specialized or smaller craft and bake at 350 degrees for a really dangerous navy. In the 21st century, their continual presence on the high seas and at ports of call all over the world has made them one of the most visible and consistent projections of US global power, even in "peacetime," and has put them in a very active role fighting pirates, terrorists, and other threats to international seagoing trade, much like the British Royal Navy had done for much of the 19th century.

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The '''United States Navy''' is the third largest navy in the world, with over 200 commissioned (the ones that get the USS prefix) ships and over 200 support and standby ships. This is the branch that really sets the US military apart from the rest. Many countries have sizeable defensive forces but none are anywhere as capable in overseas deployment : the USN has 10 full-length nuclear aircraft carriers (ten ''Nimitz''-class carriers, and a newer one to enter service soon). All of them are individually larger than any other carrier in foreign service, and indeed are nearly twice the size of the next largest aircraft carriers; in addition, they have ten "smaller" amphibious assault ships intended to land Marines with some air support, which are larger than all but three other aircraft carriers in the world - indeed, the US has as many aircraft carriers and more amphibious assault ships than the rest of the world combined (that's 10 and 8, respectively). Then we throw in the destroyers, cruisers, frigates, [[SuperiorFirepowerMissileSubmarines nuclear missile submarines]], attack submarines, and other assorted specialized or smaller craft and bake at 350 degrees for a really dangerous navy. In the 21st century, their continual presence on the high seas and at ports of call all over the world has made them one of the most visible and consistent projections of US global power, even in "peacetime," and has put them in a very active role fighting pirates, terrorists, and other threats to international seagoing trade, much like the British Royal Navy had done for much of the 19th century.
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The USA pairs this extreme aversion to death and wounding with a fairly bog-standard 'Combined-Arms Warfare' doctrine, under which the various combat and support arms co-operate rather than competing. Think the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie: Army calling for help from Air Force; Air Force calling for help from... [[{{Dissimile}} Giant transforming robots]], giant transforming robots calling for help from {{Action Survivor}}s played by Creator/ShiaLaBeouf, and Action Survivors calling for help from the Army. [[note]] In laymen's terms, this means that either you get [[MoreDakka air support/ navy support ]]to bomb the everloving shit out of the enemy while you hunker down, or you strike preemptively and blow up the enemies emplacements before they even know ou're going to be there.[[/note]]

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The USA pairs this extreme aversion to death and wounding with a fairly bog-standard 'Combined-Arms Warfare' doctrine, under which the various combat and support arms co-operate rather than competing. Think the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie: Army calling for help from Air Force; Air Force calling for help from... [[{{Dissimile}} Giant transforming robots]], giant transforming robots calling for help from {{Action Survivor}}s played by Creator/ShiaLaBeouf, and Action Survivors calling for help from the Army. [[note]] In laymen's terms, this means that either you get [[MoreDakka air support/ navy support ]]to bomb the everloving shit out of the enemy while you hunker down, or you strike preemptively and blow up the enemies emplacements before they even know ou're you're going to be there.[[/note]]
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