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Would the articulations/joints/bearings of a bulletproof full-body suit be easily pierceable?

Context: This armour was designed to be a full-body "bulletproof" suit, only capable of stopping bullets from military assault rifles that have the same capabilities of today's ones. Of ...
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Why would a military organize service/culture based on command zone rather than branch

The US has something called the Unified Combat Command. Essentially what it does is act as a central command structure to bring in multiple different branches in a theater so that an operational ...
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What are potential avenues in advanced materials/manufacturing for light, high-strength parts for portable cannons, firearms and ammo, and armor?

In my setting, there's a faction known as International Front that combines guerilla and para-militarism with advanced technology (for a guerilla group). Their main goal is to fight and conquer the ...
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What are potential avenues for firearms and weapons technologies for a biotech-centric species?

In my setting, there is an alien world known as Totaria and an alien race known as the Totarians, who possess a special cell that lets them develop whatever organs, limbs, and creatures they want, ...
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Under what circumstances is a lower rank officer justified in taking over command from his superior?

I'm writing a SF military novel and at some point lieutenant takes command of forces because his own captain went crazy. The captain still gives lawful orders but he's only taking things from his own ...
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What would be the range of a shaped charge gun "projectile"?

Context: A mix of Wild West with sci-fi elements where a character decided that it was a bright idea to have a shaped charge gun to blast people (humans or not) with molten "jets" (the ...
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What kind of alien homeworld would result in the following kind of alien (i.e. my Enslavers) naturally evolving? [closed]

Pictures are provided below. But overall there are three sentient alien species, at the top of the universe food chain in my setting. One of them are the Enslaver Aliens (different individuals shown ...
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Can a "criminal" country exist in the modern world without getting blockaded and invaded?

In my world, there is a remote island country (unofficially named Banditland or Sin Island) started by cartel/mafia kingpins and unethical businessmen from across the world. In this country, very few ...
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What would be better? Half a ton of ballistic armour or half a ton of sandbags?

Context: In this history, the army finds out a way of making reliable exosuits, but they can only help its user to carry more weight while walking and running, it can't throw cars, jump over buildings ...
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What advantages/disadvantages would Neanderthals have in a 16th Century military conflict? [closed]

Homo Neanderthalensis is a Homo species that went extinct 40,000 years ago. Let's say that Neanderthals made it to the Americas and was isolated on that continent until Spanish colonization. Let's ...
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Why can my power armor's magic lightweight fuel cells not be used for other things?

I have a setting where there is power armor along with a somewhat compact power source that powers not only the suit, but some basic weapons and additional features on the suit. The problem I am ...
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Ideal height for space marine super soldier? [closed]

Let’s say you want to create a powerful genetically engineered group of space marines. The main changes we’ll be making are, in order: increased musculature increased bone strength Increased eyesight ...
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What advantages/disadvantages would Homo Erectus have in a 19th Century military conflict?

Homo Erectus is one of the oldest of the Homo species that went extinct 100,000 years ago. Let's say that Homo Erectus made it to Australia and was isolated on that continent until British ...
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How would modern militaries respond to a large number of unknown spaceships suddenly launching towards the moon from Earth? [closed]

I'm working on a backstory for a science fiction setting and one of the factions are meant to have started out as a worldwide network of political dissidents operating in a sort of parallel ...
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How could the effectiveness of guided weapons be reduced against a non-paranormal giant monster?

How could the effectiveness of radar, heat seeking, or laser guided weapons be reduced during a battle between a monster the size of a 7 story building and the military of a small country. The monster ...
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What would be a realistic distance for Tank Buster helicopter to engage a giant monster from?

In monster\Kaiju movies it is common to see the military engaging giant monsters, using air power, at extremely close range. An early example of this was in the 1933 rendition of King Kong the biplane ...
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How would a medieval kingdom survive a zombie outbreak [closed]

In my world, there is a zombie infestation that destroys and takes out many kingdoms, citystates, and villages. These zombies are fast and like the ones from zombieland. It is possible to get cured, ...
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What are Effects of shielding on length of modern warfare?

In my setting there are particle shields that can be extended from a central source given enough power and particles to fuel the shield. This is a world where armor has outpaced weapons (nuclear ...
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Does my command structure work?

Background The first 'Engev' (Emperor of Lazaeron) sees a need to unite the entire planet to defend against an alien threat, only he knows of this threat and he has no way to definitively prove this, ...
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How might navies and maritime trade have evolved around a Pangaea-like landmass?

So I was thinking about the possibility of a Pangaea like landmass in a secondary world setting. Assuming more or less historical technology and humans, how would the concept of a navy and maritime ...
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How would anti-gravity airships change 1950s warfare?

The antigrav is a bedroom-sized cube of smooth sheet metal walls encasing complicated metallic machinery inside. When switched on, it generates an anti-gravitational field enough to lift a stone ...
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A better way to do a planetary invasion?

Planetary invasions are usually depicted using drop-ships which come straight down from the sky. Pretty much armoured Apollo Era capsules. These can be bigger, for example Warhammer40k has company ...
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How might these advanced humans restrain their dragon test subjects?

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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How to identify friendlies in active camouflage

One of the main difficulties that have harped militaries from prehistory to the modern day has been identifying who's your friend and who's the foe. Many solutions have been used to solve this ...
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What reasons might these advanced humans have to abduct and then dismember, traumatize, and possibly even kill dragons? [closed]

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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How would a human organization get 20-foot tall fire-breathing, winged, sentient and intelligent lizards to comply with experimental procedures?

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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Is there a practical way to simplify modern warfare with worldbuilding for a science fiction setting?

The problem is that modern or especially futuristic warfare is inherently complex when compared with fantasy or historical warfare. Using modern warfare as an example for the sake of familiarity, you ...
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What defences did Camp David have circa 2017

The aliens whose kids sent Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, have shown up at Earth, and have announced that they will be taking over administration of Earth for the foreseeable future. As part of ...
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Why Wouldn't The Military Intervene with a Zombie Apocalypse?

I was looking around the site bored for a while, when I found this question: Why would the military use tanks in a zombie apocalypse? Because I'm writing my own zombie story, I realized that I need my ...
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If you were wearing a bomb suit, would it be safe to set off a Claymore mine strapped to your chest?

The M18A1 Claymore mine is a directional fragmentation anti-personnel mine. It is designed to kill by projecting a lethal hail of steel balls within a 60-degree cone in front of itself. It seems ...
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Are there any heavier-than-air gases that could be made using medieval tech and have military applications?

I am trying to find a gas that would be used as a weapon, which could also be made by someone in a medieval setting. The gas doesn’t have to be explicitly deadly, but anything that would incapacitate ...
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Are Black Holes Military & Economic Assets? [closed]

I'm working on a sandbox astrophysics, economics and military simulation generator (there is no defined setting but I try to use real and hypothesized science for the most part) where different types ...
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Feasibility of active defense systems against kinetic weapons

Spurred on from an earlier post over here. The general consensus was that if a depleted uranium round is coming your way, don't be in its way. And if you do get hit, disperse the damage as much as ...
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Intercepting/surviving tank based high velocity kinetic weapons

Suppose in the future tanks are able mount higher velocity guns such as railguns or electro chemical technology (ETC) guns. Suppose these tanks slightly larger normal (no you can't mount a railgun on ...
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How would modern naval warfare be altered by a complete lack of fossil fuels?

Long story short, a bunch of people terraformed a planet and then were immediately technologically and societally forced back to the Stone Age thanks to interference/extermination/general-not-goodness ...
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How to stop soldiers from selling their equipment?

Assume there is a resource that allows for rapid regeneration of body parts and termination (magical deletion) of foreign objects in the body upon usage. Let's say it is scarce enough that you can't ...
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Creating a Species purely for Warfare

A species genetically engineered/corrupted/bred for warfare is a staple of fantasy. Lord of the Rings' orcs and Wheel of Time's Trollocs come to mind, for example. Creatures created by the bad guys to ...
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Feasibility of a Cannibalistic Army? [closed]

Among humans cannibalism has been practiced as a funerary ritual within numerous cultures across the world, and also as a way of ritualistically degrading defeated enemies, as was done most notably ...
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One reason Taiwan's military would be using weapons sold by China

I need a way to change history so that Taiwan, in 2015, be using weapons manufactured and sold by mainland China as well as some US equipments--sort of like how Pakistan uses both Chinese and US ...
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How to modernize military in a short time

Related to this. MC is trying to build a modern nation out from an ancient one, and he also needs a modern military. A modern military is not just about equipment, it is also about having modern ...
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How to weaponize the dinosaurs [closed]

If we had the ability to recreate dinosaurs; what technology would be required to overcome the hurdles of using them in modern combat? The things that came to my mind was cryogenic storage to reduce ...
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How would a futuristic style army use androids that mimic humans in any way? [closed]

In a army(or any military) humans can have qualities that act as flaws in a military. Disregarding emotions, lets say that you had an android, similar to any other droid soldier in popular sci fiction,...
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How capable would this android be against a modern military?

So I was thinking about a concept where this scientist/engineer in a post-apocalyptic America/an America-esque country(the rest of the world is pretty much normal) makes this android(a female if you ...
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Soft vs Hard: Which is the best system for a military exoskeleton?

Currently, there are two systems for exoskeletons to move with. Soft exoskeletons that utilize Soft Robotics and Hard exoskeletons that use electric motors, pneumatics, levers and hydraulics ...
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Why didn't the military give T-rex clones a bigger more powerful arms?

In the near future we have the technology to clone prehistoric animals. Although it will not be the same as the original, certainly we can make a meaner version of it. Especially when it comes to ...
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How do I justify the existence of a gynoid army?

A gynoid is just the term used to refer to female androids or “fembots”. Gynoids are typically female-styled robots and are usually more human-like compared to regular androids, with the accompanying ...
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How, if at all, could my secret immortal clans hold on to territory in small towns?

I have a story set in an alternate version of 1998 USA where nearly every single mythical humanoid humanity has ever believed in actually does exist (or used to before going extinct) and lives in ...
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What would be a realistic length of minimal compulsory military service for a modern country's occupants?

I have a world in which several neighboring countries are in an ongoing long term military conflict. The style of conflict fluctuates between a cold war USSR vs US, current North vs South Korea and ...
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How Could Someone Make an Army Which is Immune or Resistant to Magic Attacks?

My DnD character is a sorta artificer/warlock mix who has technical prowess and has a patron that can give him glimpses into technology from alternate universes (basically advanced knowledge on ...
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With contemporary technology, is it possible to produce a propellant for bullets that is stored as a liquid but that solidifies upon exposure to air?

I found this question on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. A part of it interested me; specifically, the part about how, in Jay Dee's setting: Guns are more efficient by use of liquid ammunition that ...
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