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the armed forces of a STATE; pertaining to the armed forces or to WARFARE.

The Austrian sociologist Ludwig Gumplowitz (1838-1909) argued that military conquest was the origin both of the state and SOCIAL STRATIFICATION. Whether or not this view is accepted (and usually it is regarded as far too simple), it is clear the military play a crucial role in the maintenance of state power once this is established. Despite this, until recently sociological study of the military and of warfare has occupied only a relatively marginalized place within mainstream sociology. This neglect has been challenged recently by a number of theorists (e.g. MANN, 1983 and 1988). The argument is that in a world threatened with extinction by the military might of the two superpowers, and with MILITARISM today a more pervasive feature than in earlier societies, the study of warfare and the military ought to be more central. See also WARFARE, STRATEGIC THEORY.

What does it mean when you dream about the military?

To see people in military uniforms of specific branches of the armed forces may be identifying with actual life experiences and memories if one has been in the military. Otherwise, the military in a dream may indicate rigid authoritarian and disciplinary methods that are being brought to bear upon the dreamer, or upon others by the dreamer. It may also suggest extreme emotional repression. If the dreamer is in a ship on the high seas, the dream may suggest sailing through emotional issues of divorce or other personal loss, bravely and dutifully.

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Grant Newsham, the Tokyo-based Marine Corps Pacific liaison officer to the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, added that Japanese forces have put in a lot of hard work to get to this point.
Now, as Japan's Self-Defense Forces emerge as a presence in the hot spots of this new century, what will be required to change the reality of which the colonel so openly spoke?
As previously stated, the USMTM mission is to "advise and assist the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces through coordinated security cooperation efforts in developing, training, and sustaining capable deterrent and self-defense forces for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to facilitate regional security." Simply put, USMTM provides MODA with a single point of contact to facilitate coordination between the Office of the Secretary of Defense, USCENTCOM, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and the American Embassy in KSA.
Our participation in this year's review began in March, when we discussed supply and security requirements with Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officials.
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According to the ministry's Joint Staff Office, the ASDF dispatched F-15 jets from its base in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, after the Self-Defense Forces' radar detected the Chinese propeller plane approaching the disputed isles from the northwest around Saturday noon, the report said.
Japan's Self-Defense Forces on Tuesday shared with their counterparts from the Philippines and other countries its experiences in responding to last year's earthquake and tsunami disasters in northeastern Japan in cooperation with the United States.
The policy will be formally endorsed during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, after which Ichikawa will issue an order to the Self-Defense Forces to prepare for the mission.
The airport's runway is jointly used by civilian and Self-Defense Forces planes.
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The Japanese government decided Friday to extend by one year the Maritime Self-Defense Forces' antipiracy mission off Somalia in East Africa, due to end July 23, government officials said.