Since the seventies of the last century no great Western power has aspired to rule all the countries it controls directly. The imperial overstretch so well described by the historian Kennedy has taught the Western powers a new form of colonialism, one that rules by contracts and indirect rule through local powers. But how much does the stick of the military rule alongside this carrot of economic and political dependency?
China is known to be a big country with lots of Chinese, who make products with 'made in China' on them. Now that China is developing to such an extent that it launches space missions and the economy of China is overheating and supporting other economies, the place of China within the world system is disputed. The used to be communist society has become a capitalistic totalitarian state with the capability to influence more then just the countries it has on its borders.
Operation Iraqi Liberation and later Freedom has been shrouded in moral disputes, while the occupation of Afghanistan is counting its amount of terrorists or not real terrorists killed. These two missions influence the practical ways of the army and I would like to focus on these practical implementations of the war on terror. I will try to make this article accessible for the non-military know it all, but still supply with it enough information to provide some basic know-how on how the army acts in these situations and the consequences these actions have.
When talking about military vehicles and material, it is of course essential to know what kind of vehicles and material one is talking about. I intend to make this a light informative article on military vehicles and material. In this article I will try to keep the amount of names to a minimum and focus on describing what the military are on about. While following the devisions of army, navy and air force I hope to keep this all digestible. But before I make this devision, I will explain the basic components.
We often see the army as a separate entity, outside of society. In countries where the state has a strong hold on the monopoly of violence, the army is alien from the rest of society. Conscription brings the army closer to civil society, but why does the state place its monopoly on violence in its male citizens hands? To understand the role of conscription within society, I think I should try to place it in the context of this era and the different forces that run this society.