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ACE reaction forces

ACE reaction forces  

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NATO's Allied Commander Europe (ACE) has immediate reaction forces—the ACE Mobile Force (AMF)—and rapid reaction forces, of which the ACE Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) is the land component.The AMF ...
airforce

airforce  

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The armed service concerned with attack and defence in the air. Aircraft were first used in World War I to locate targets for artillery on the Western Front, but from 1916 onwards they were developed ...
ALP (principles and practice)

ALP (principles and practice)  

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The Australian Labor Party (ALP) was established ‘to create a better, fairer life for working people’. From this foundation Labor's values, policy, and practice have evolved in response to national ...
al-Qaeda

al-Qaeda  

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A network of Islamic fundamentalist groups, founded in 1988 and associated with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The name comes from Arabic, meaning literally ‘the base’.
Arab League

Arab League  

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An organization of Arab states, founded in Cairo, Egypt in 1945. The principal aims of the League are to protect the independence and sovereignty of its members and to strengthen the ties between ...
Arab Nationalism

Arab Nationalism  

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Defined by an anticolonial ethos and the glorification of origins and history in the face of Western dominance experienced by Arab countries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Aims at ...
Army, British

Army, British  

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The British army is still composed of fiercely individualistic regiments and corps. This is a reflection of the tenacity with which it has clung to its roots in the 17th ...
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Australian Broadcasting Corporation  

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Formerly Australian Broadcasting Commission, the national broadcasting service, known also as the ‘ABC’ and more colloquially as ‘Aunty’, was established in 1932, nine years after commercial radio ...
Bahrain

Bahrain  

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Bahrain is dominated by its constitutional monarch but tensions are risingThe state of Bahrain consists of around 30 islands in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain island itself, which has more than 85% of the ...
Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton  

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(1946– )US politician, 42nd President of the USA (1993–2001). A Democrat, he was elected on a programme of reducing the federal deficit by cutting military spending and reforming taxation, while ...
Boundary Disputes

Boundary Disputes  

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Except in the eastern half of the Arabian Peninsula, where the territory of Saudi Arabia joins the lands of Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, the nineteenth and ...
chemical and biological warfare

chemical and biological warfare  

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(CBW)The use of synthetic poisonous substances, or organisms such as disease germs, to kill or injure the enemy. They include chlorine, phosgene, and mustard gas (first used in World War I), various ...
Chiefs of Staff

Chiefs of Staff  

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The chiefs of staff are the professional heads of the three services, and occupy the most senior single-service positions in the defence structure. The first Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) ...
Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island  

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Lies in the mouth of the Parramatta River in Sydney, and from 1839 was used as a penal settlement. Fitzroy Dock, built entirely by prisoners, was completed in 1857, and ...
Colin Powell

Colin Powell  

(1937–), twelfth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).Born 5 April 1937 in the Harlem section of New York City and raised in the South Bronx, Colin L. ...
desert rat

desert rat  

1 a soldier serving in a desert campaign such as the Persian Gulf War.2 informal a soldier of the 7th British armored division (with the jerboa as a badge) in the North African desert campaign of ...
Eisenhower Doctrine

Eisenhower Doctrine  

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A statement of US foreign policy issued by President Eisenhower after the Suez War and approved by Congress in 1957. It proposed to offer economic aid and military advice to governments in the Middle ...
field manual

field manual  

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US term for a compendium of authoritative tactical and operational concepts intended for use especially by junior and field-grade officers. Field manuals proliferated in the era of the world wars ...
force

force  

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N.In public international law, any action by a state in breach of the norms of international law as stated in the UN Charter and in other international conventions. This may include the use of ...
friendly fire

friendly fire  

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Weapon fire coming from one's own side, especially fire that causes accidental injury or death to one's own forces.

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