Military science is the study of the technique, psychology, practice and other phenomena which constitute war and armed conflict. It strives to be a scientific system that if properly employed, will greatly enhance the practitioner's ability to prevail in an armed conflict with any adversary. To this end, it is unconcerned whether that adversary is an opposing military force, guerrillas or other irregulars, or any adversary who knows of or utilizes military science in response.
The following outline is provided as an overview of and introduction to military science:
Essence of military science and technology
Branches of military science
Types of military technology
- Armour - protective clothing intended to defend its wearer from intentional harm in combat and military engagements, typically associated with soldiers.
- Artillery - large caliber weapons firing projectiles one at a time. Artillery pieces are crew serviced weapons that provide direct or indirect trajectories for the shell.
- Fortifications - military constructions and buildings designed for defence in warfare.
- Martial arts - also known as fighting systems, martial arts are bodies of codified practices or traditions of training for unarmed and armed combat, usually without the use of guns and other modern weapons.
- Mêlée - hand-to-hand combat or mano-a-mano. Weapons commonly used in mêlée include swords, clubs, spears, axes, or fists: almost any tool with which one can hit someone else.
- Military vehicles - are land combat or transportation vehicles, excluding rail-based, which are designed for or in significant use by military forces.
- Military aviation and military aircraft - Military aviation' includes any use of aircraft by a country's military, including such areas as transport, training, disaster relief, border patrol, search and rescue, surveillance, surveying, peacekeeping, and (very rarely) aerial warfare.
- Military communications - the transmission medium that links military components on the battlefield.
- Military robots - autonomous or remote-controlled devices designed for military applications.
- Military thought and planning - military tactics, strategy, and doctrine.
- Military doctrine - level of military planning between national strategy and unit-level
- Military strategy - collective name for planning the conduct of warfare.
- Military tactics - collective name for methods of engaging and defeating an enemy in battle.
- Military unit - an organization within an armed force. It may consist of any number of soldiers, ships, vehicles, or aircraft. Armies, navies, and air forces, are organised hierarchically into groups of various sizes for functional, tactical and administrative purposes.
- Munitions - often defined as a synonym for ammunition. A slightly broader definition would include bombs, missiles, warheads, and mines.
- Naval warfare - combat in and on seas and oceans.
- Small arms and firearms - A firearm is a kinetic energy weapon that fires either a single or multiple projectiles propelled at high velocity by the gases produced by action of the rapid confined burning of a propellant.
Military by region
History of military science and technology
By weapon technology
History of military tactics
History of military strategy
Basic military science and technology concepts
Military science and technology scholars
Great military strategists
Military science and technology lists