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  • Strive to be informative, professional, and encouraging in your communications with other members here. Imagine writing to a superior in the Armed Forces, or a colleague in a think tank or major investigative journal.

  • This is a subreddit dedicated to collating articles, opinion pieces by distinguished authors, historical research, and the research of warfare relating to national security issues.

  • The purpose of this subreddit is to learn for ourselves, and to bring better public understanding of related topics.

  • This is not at all intended to be US centric; posts relating to other countries are highly encouraged.


  • This is a forum dedicated to civil and informed discussion of military and defense issues.

  • Be polite and informative to others here, and remember that we should be able to disagree without being disagreeable.

  • Do not accuse or personally challenge others, rather ask them for sources and why they have their opinions.

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  • Humor is appreciated, but it should be safe for a professional environment and infrequent.

  • Please do not blindly advocate for a side in a conflict, or a country in general. Surely there are many patriots here, but this is not the arena to fight those battles.

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  • This helps to start a conversation, force one to think about why it is interesting and why it is relevant to us.


  • Please use the original title of the work, and possibly a sub headline

  • Add a comment on your submission on why you thought it was interesting or worthy of our attention.

  • Submit articles that you will be glad that you read months or years from now.

  • It is also acceptable, even encouraged, to post articles that you do not consider very good provided your submission statement makes it clear that you find the article problematic and give a detailed explanation as to why. These submission statements will be held to a higher standard.

  • Refrain from submissions that are quick updates in title form, troop movements, ship deployments, terrorist attacks, announcements, or the crisis du jour.

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  • We are not intending to be supercilious, rather the purpose of this is to have a slow and controlled rate of growth and maintain our community.

  • We are working to grow our community through personal invites to people who might be interested in a civil discussion forum on military/defense issues.

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  • Our sister subreddit is r/LessCredibleDefence. It is for any and all submissions that are not in depth or credible enough for us.

  • Posting bad articles with explanations for why you think they are bad is not just acceptable, it's encouraged. Doing that can be even more informative than posting good articles.

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