History UsefulNotes / YanksWithTanks

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]]
2nd Aug '16 2:08:50 PM DesignatedNPC
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The armed forces of the United States of America are altogether the most powerful military force on the planet. The second-largest military in the world in terms of active personnel, with two million active and reserve personnel, the USA also has the second largest existing stock of active nuclear weapons. With eleven aircraft carriers to serve as mobile airstrips and basing rights near on continent (and a lot of amphibious assault ships), the US military has a global reach (and relative budget) as great as that of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire in her heyday.

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 armed forces of the United States of America are altogether the most powerful military force on the planet. The second-largest military in the world in terms of active personnel, with two million active and reserve personnel, the USA also has the second largest existing stock of active nuclear weapons. With eleven aircraft carriers to serve as mobile airstrips and basing rights near on continent (and a lot of amphibious assault ships), the US military has a global reach (and and relative budget) budget as great as that of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire in her heyday.

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' 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.
31st Jul '16 6:52:30 PM alezfilm869
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The armed forces of the United States of America are altogether likely the most powerful military force on the planet. The second-largest military in the world in terms of active personnel, with two million active and reserve personnel, the USA also has the second largest existing stock of active nuclear weapons. With eleven aircraft carriers to serve as mobile airstrips and basing rights near on continent (and a lot of amphibious assault ships), the US military has a global reach (and relative budget) as great as that of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire in her heyday.

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The armed forces of the United States of America are altogether likely the most powerful military force on the planet. The second-largest military in the world in terms of active personnel, with two million active and reserve personnel, the USA also has the second largest existing stock of active nuclear weapons. With eleven aircraft carriers to serve as mobile airstrips and basing rights near on continent (and a lot of amphibious assault ships), the US military has a global reach (and relative budget) as great as that of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire in her heyday.
30th Jul '16 10:19:23 PM alezfilm869
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The US military is so powerful because theirs is the world's second largest single 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 second largest single 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.
30th Jul '16 10:16:15 PM alezfilm869
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The armed forces of the United States of America are likely the most powerful military force. The second-largest military in the world in terms of active personnel, with two million active and reserve personnel, the USA also has the second largest existing stock of active nuclear weapons. With eleven aircraft carriers to serve as mobile airstrips and basing rights near on continent (and a lot of amphibious assault ships), the US military has a global reach (and relative budget) as great as that of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire in her heyday.

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The armed forces of the United States of America are altogether likely the most powerful military force.force on the planet. The second-largest military in the world in terms of active personnel, with two million active and reserve personnel, the USA also has the second largest existing stock of active nuclear weapons. With eleven aircraft carriers to serve as mobile airstrips and basing rights near on continent (and a lot of amphibious assault ships), the US military has a global reach (and relative budget) as great as that of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire in her heyday.
24th Jul '16 8:56:00 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.

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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.
23rd Jul '16 2:32:15 AM aartbastiaan
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The armed forces of the United States of America are altogether the most powerful military force on the planet. The second-largest military in the world in terms of active personnel, with two million active and reserve personnel, the USA also has the largest existing stock of active nuclear weapons. With eleven aircraft carriers to serve as mobile airstrips and basing rights near on continent (and a lot of amphibious assault ships), the US military has a global reach (and relative budget) greater than that of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire in her heyday.

The US military is the world's most powerful because theirs is the world's largest single 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.

Today the USA's military spending represents over a third of that of the entire world, though their military is actually (far) more capable, especially on the offense, than all the others put together (due to highly standardized equipment: it costs less to produce a lot of the same). Vast sums, greater than most countries' entire military budgets, are continually poured into various military R&D projects - whether the goal is to produce the most complicated aircraft in existence, or to make a pizza that can sit on a shelf for three months and still taste good.

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The armed forces of the United States of America are altogether likely the most powerful military force on the planet. force. The second-largest military in the world in terms of active personnel, with two million active and reserve personnel, the USA also has the second largest existing stock of active nuclear weapons. With eleven aircraft carriers to serve as mobile airstrips and basing rights near on continent (and a lot of amphibious assault ships), the US military has a global reach (and relative budget) greater than as great as that of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire in her heyday.

The US military is the world's most so powerful because theirs is the world's second largest single 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.

Today the USA's military spending represents over a third of that of the entire world, though their military is actually (far) more capable, especially on the offense, than all the others put together (due to highly standardized equipment: it costs less to produce a lot of the same).world. Vast sums, greater than most countries' entire military budgets, are continually poured into various military R&D projects - whether the goal is to produce the most complicated aircraft in existence, or to make a pizza that can sit on a shelf for three months and still taste good.



The '''United States Navy''' is the 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 more aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships than the rest of the world combined (that's 11 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 more as many aircraft carriers and more amphibious assault ships than the rest of the world combined (that's 11 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.
8th Jul '16 1:06:27 AM genolution
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* The '''M1 Abrams'''' is America's main battle tank. It was born of a resolve to not repeat the horrific American tanker casualties of WWII due to [[ZergRush sacrificing ten inferior tanks to destroy a single German one]]--especially if they were going to defend bottlenecks in West Germany like the Fulda Gap and Hof Corridor during the Cold War from the relatively inexpensive and even more numerous Soviet tanks. That's why the first iteration of the Abrams, rolled out in 1981, had features like Chobham composite laminate armor[[note]]Disputed. Some say it's only the original M1 that uses it, while others claim it always has been using another type of Depleted Uranium based armor that is very similar to the English Chobham armor. Nevertheless, the way the armor works is supposed to be very similar to how Chobham is described to work[[/note]], a FLIR sensor suite (''very'' expensive for the time), laser rangefinder and ballistic computer. It got the last piece of its original wish list with the [=M1A1=], replacing the older 105mm/L52 M68 rifled main gun with the [[{{BFG}} German Rheinmetall 120mm/L44 smoothbore main gun]], licensed-made as the M256. The Abrams is also powered by a gas turbine. It's so fast that the Army puts a governor on the engine to keep them from speeding. With the governor removed, it can reach 70mph on a decent road--even though it weighs 68 tons. That's putting the "lightning" in LightningBruiser. Unfortunately, this means it's also a gas guzzler (roughly 1 gallon per mile, and it takes 10 gallons just to ''start'' the engine), and its speed leads to problems like having an entire Abrams unit run out of fuel and wait for five hours for fuel trucks to arrive. [[note]]Oops...:The unit happened to be in downtown Baghdad at the time surrounded by hostiles and with only a few Bradleys as back-ups.[[/note]] On the other hand, its engine can accept most any commonly available flammable or combustible liquids as a fuel, compared to a diesel engine needing well, diesel. In a nonfiction book of his (Armored Cav), Creator/TomClancy recounted a story of an Abrams tank in the Gulf War. Having been immobilized by an enemy shot while deep in hostile territory, the crew of the tank found themselves in what military experts would call "a crappy situation". In the space of thirty seconds or so the immobilized tank destroyed four enemy tanks, two of which got shots off, hitting the tank but completely bouncing off of its proprietary DU-laced armor. When reinforcements arrived they decided it was too much trouble to lug the tank back, and decided to destroy it on site. The American tanks took turns shooting another 8 or 9 times before the turret was penetrated, detonating the ammo stocks--which had little effect due to the blowout hatches installed. The tank's turret was taken back to the US for analysis while the chassis was refit with another turret and returned to action in a week. That's some serious armor. In another example contained in David Zucchino's book, Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad, one of the Abrams was disabled by enemy fire. Forces attempting to destroy it on-site set off thermite grenades in the main hatch, detonating both the explosives and the ammunition stored in the tank. This was followed by the tank receiving a HEAT round from another Abrams, and then an AGM-65 Maverick anti-armor missile, as well as two AGM Hellfire missiles were fired via gunship into the tank. The end result? The interior of the tank was demolished, but its armor and exterior appeared relatively unharmed. This tank's a God-damned "[[MechWarrior Battlemech]]".

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* The '''M1 Abrams'''' is America's main battle tank. It was born of a resolve to not repeat the horrific American tanker casualties of WWII due to [[ZergRush sacrificing ten inferior tanks to destroy a single German one]]--especially if they were going to defend bottlenecks in West Germany like the Fulda Gap and Hof Corridor during the Cold War from the relatively inexpensive and even more numerous Soviet tanks. That's why the first iteration of the Abrams, rolled out in 1981, had features like Chobham composite laminate armor[[note]]Disputed. Some say it's only the original M1 that uses it, while others claim it always has been using another type of Depleted Uranium based armor that is very similar to the English Chobham armor. Nevertheless, the way the armor works is supposed to be very similar to how Chobham is described to work[[/note]], a FLIR sensor suite (''very'' expensive for the time), laser rangefinder and ballistic computer. It got the last piece of its original wish list with the [=M1A1=], replacing the older 105mm/L52 M68 rifled main gun with the [[{{BFG}} German Rheinmetall 120mm/L44 smoothbore main gun]], licensed-made as the M256. The Abrams is also powered by a gas turbine. It's so fast that the Army puts a governor on the engine to keep them from speeding. With the governor removed, it can reach 70mph on a decent road--even though it weighs 68 tons. That's putting the "lightning" in LightningBruiser. Unfortunately, this means it's also a gas guzzler (roughly 1 gallon per mile, and it takes 10 gallons just to ''start'' the engine), and its speed leads to problems like having an entire Abrams unit run out of fuel and wait for five hours for fuel trucks to arrive. [[note]]Oops...:The unit happened to be in downtown Baghdad at the time surrounded by hostiles and with only a few Bradleys as back-ups.[[/note]] On the other hand, its engine can accept most any commonly available flammable or combustible liquids as a fuel, compared to a diesel engine needing well, diesel. In a nonfiction book of his (Armored Cav), Creator/TomClancy recounted a story of an Abrams tank in the Gulf War. Having been immobilized by an enemy shot while deep in hostile territory, the crew of the tank found themselves in what military experts would call "a crappy situation". In the space of thirty seconds or so the immobilized tank destroyed four enemy tanks, two of which got shots off, hitting the tank but completely bouncing off of its proprietary DU-laced armor. When reinforcements arrived they decided it was too much trouble to lug the tank back, and decided to destroy it on site. The American tanks took turns shooting another 8 or 9 times before the turret was penetrated, detonating the ammo stocks--which had little effect due to the blowout hatches installed. The tank's turret was taken back to the US for analysis while the chassis was refit with another turret and returned to action in a week. That's some serious armor. In another example contained in David Zucchino's book, Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad, one of the Abrams was disabled by enemy fire. Forces attempting to destroy it on-site set off thermite grenades in the main hatch, detonating both the explosives and the ammunition stored in the tank. This was followed by the tank receiving a HEAT round from another Abrams, and then an AGM-65 Maverick anti-armor missile, as well as two AGM Hellfire missiles were fired via gunship into the tank. The end result? The interior of the tank was demolished, but its armor and exterior appeared relatively unharmed. This tank's a God-damned "[[MechWarrior Battlemech]]".
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