Could mainland U.S. be invaded by a conventional military?

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posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 04:36 AM
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In America's current military and technological position? Yes but only by surprise and even then i wouldn't favour the odds of a successful invasion - but yes, given the right circumstances it could absolutely be invaded by a conventional military.

Although how you would go about sneaking a build up of troops is hard to fathom. Like i say though, even if an invasion did happen, it would have to be in such huge numbers in order to succeed that you would have no chance of success. Or the build up of that many troops would be spotted by satellite, etc.

The only other circumstances i can imagine this happening, with any success, would be following a trove of natural disasters (or one truly mega disaster, such as supervolcanic eruption). Can't see their being much point in those circumstances though.

Now, if in the future, the US has seriously lost its power, has a small military and useless economic power then yes, a successful invasion could easily be launched - the borders would be too large in those circumstances to withstand a concerted invasion force. Again though, in those circumstances, what would be the point of invading?




posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 05:45 AM
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It would take chemical and biological agents to subdue the armed civilians alone.


I dont think so. If you turned off the cash machines, the traffic lights and electricity the peeps would be killing each other in the streets... Cyber warfare is the way forward. The Chinese know this. Technology can be an Achilles heal. Turn off the satalites and the USA is a sitting duck.



posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 05:48 AM
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Good point but the fact is the USA has, by far (in terms of numbers), the largest army in the world. Even if only half of them were present on US soil, that would make a successful invasion almost impossible - unless the invading force could somehow guarantee that their technology hadn't been compromised.



posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 05:58 AM
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You would be surprised man. Bluecollar guys work like dogs. I am a hardwood floor guy, for ten years straight, we were working 6 or 7 days a week, putting in 8-10 hours of work, and usually driving an hour or two each way. Our "days off" were spent renovating the house. We were working for an endgame though, had the bubble not popped, and took our business with it, this year I would be walking away with at least 250,000. Me and the partner were each going to have at least 250,000 when we walked away. I was going to go to school to be a psychologist, and start my own practice. That was my partner's retirement fund that got flushed


Anyways, arrogance is usually what ends empires. I am not sure that anyone would ever try for an invasion, or if it would work if they tried. Most major cities they could probably take easily, seeing as how they are all practically gun free zones. They would have serious problems in the country areas though. Serious problems. Country boys know there areas, are armed to the teeth, and are not squeemy about a little blood and guts.

Hmmmm, one thing I did forget to consider is the gangbangers. Cities might not be so easy, if they started handing out some guns and decided to fight. That is a wild card for sure......
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posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 08:28 AM
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Out of remit for me. But I thought that China has the largest standing army in the world. About 2 million... I thought the US has about 500k. However looking at raw numbers. China certainly has the potential for the worlds largest army. With over 1/5 of the worlds population. With a male heavy population too...



posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 09:15 AM
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Seems you were right. I was under the impression that US personnel numbered close to 4 million but it seems the number is actually far lower - around 1.5 million (compared to over 3 million in China). Turkey nearly has a much military as the US. I am actually highly surprised by that, particularly given the huge amount of GDP the USA devotes to the military-industrial complex.

That said, the entire UK military (Air, Army and Navy) would comfortably fit inside Fort Bragg alone.

ETA:

Was going to post link but it is Wiki so no point! Janes Defence Weekly has the best figures (and most up to date) for this sort of thing but it is paid membership for their stuff these days and, frankly, i cannot justify the expense for a bit of noseying around!
edit on 7-11-2012 by Flavian because: Link info (or not)





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