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Book named "Someone"'s War, in which complex technology is outlawed with religious fervor

I believe you are seeking the 2004 book Fitzpatrick's War by Theodore Judson. It was first published by Daw Books. Points that match: Book named "Someone"'s War. Yep. The setting seems to ...
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ID movie where aliens control humans from behind

I believe this is the 1994 film adaptation of Robert Heinlein's novel The Puppet Masters. While the president is a character in the movie, it's actually Donald Sutherland's character, a high-level ...
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Book about a prison sentence carried out by piloting a tank in wars

This sounds like A Boy and his Tank (1999) by Leo Frankowski Centuries in the future, on the distant and dirt-poor planet of New Kashubia, young Mickolai Derdowski is sentenced to death for getting ...
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Cat and human brains and nervous systems are wired together to fight evil rat-like beings

I suspect you are talking about The Game of Rat and Dragon, by Paul Linebarger (aka Cordwainer Smith.) Do the names Underhill, Lady May, Woodley, Father Moontree, or West ring any bells? From the ...
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Novel where a mind control device is used to commit murders

A Plague of Pythons, by Frederik Pohl. It was first published in 1962 as a two-part serial in Galaxy (part 1 and part 2 are available at Archive.org, or you can read both parts at Project Gutenberg.) ...
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A military guy, named Troy travels back in time with no going back in some lightbulb factory. He went back in time to prevent someone from buying gold

I think this is 'A rebel in time' by Harry Harrison. The protagonist is called Troy; a black army officer. He is tracking down a Colonel McCulloch who wants to change the outcome of the American civil ...
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Military science fiction book where the main character and his group lost contact with Earth long ago; they encounter another ship that is from Earth

This is reminiscent of Jack Campbell's Beyond the Frontier: Guardian. In that book, the hero, "Black Jack" Geary, takes his fleet back to Earth, which is far away from the Alliance he ...
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Story about future special forces fighting nano-tech aliens

The Veteran series by Gavin G. Smith. It is series of two books, which matches your description. The first book is Veteran and the second is War in Heaven. The protagonist is Jakob Douglas, and he is ...
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Name of author (and anthology) of a sci-fi short story called (I think) "Gold Brick"?

This sounds like "Goldbrick", a novella by Edward Wellen. First published in November 1978 in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, this is consistent with the date range given, 1945 -...
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Novel about a planet that relies on one soldier - the last soldier in history - to defend it

That could be one of the books of the Golden Oecumene trilogy by John C. Wright, published in 2002-2003. According to the Wikipedia, the "last soldier" character, Atkins, fits your ...
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Need help identifying short story about retired military colonel who fought war at end of time

This is almost certainly "A Dry, Quiet War" by Tony Daniel originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction in 1996 and heavily anthologized. Returned to a small town with a western (as in ...
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Book involving a war with aliens, space travel, and time dilation

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is what you're looking for. From the wiki article Mandella, with fellow soldier and lover Marygay Potter, returns to civilian life, only to find humanity drastically ...
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Trying to identify a 1980s sci-fi short story about a robotic spaceship that returns to Earth after being sent to fight aliens

This is Helbent 4 by Stephen Robinett. It's a very amusing story, with the last NASA Houston employee sweeping out Mission Control (prescient!). Helbent 4 has been fighting the Spacethings and can't ...
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Military sci-fi: warrior-spy codenamed GENIE, Greatest Effectiveness Nexus Identification and Elimination fights mercenaries

The story you are looking for is "Shelter from the Storm" (1982), by John M. Ford, first published in Asimov's, July 1982, which is where I read it. You can read it at the Internet Archive. ...
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Short story where a soldier who is trapped in his powered armor becomes a war memorial

This is Allan Steele's 1995 story "The War Memorial," first published in Asimov's, September 1995 and reprinted in various collections afterward. Based on the timing and the subject you ...
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Book Title from 1970's-1980's - Military SciFi Collection of Tank Short Stories

Probably "Supertanks" It contains the story I Made You already id'd by Valorum, and has a tank on the front cover. The other story is Encounter by Stephen Leigh. It has the enhanced ...
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Science fiction novel involving starfighters called 'Loki,' which could jam everything around them

Ragnarok by Patrick A. Vanner. Humanity is locked in a war of survival with the Xan-Sskarn, an alien race that refuses to acknowledge the rights of "weaker" creatures to live. It is a war ...
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Book about a space marine who control suit settings with his tongue

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman had tongue controls in the powered suits. The suits were clearly and obviously inspired by Starship Troopers, but the rest of the war was more of a reaction against ...
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Book about Israelis in space

Specifically, the book you're remembering is "Not For Glory" (on Goodreads) by Joel Rosenberg. Tetsuo Hanavi is the protagonist of this book, and holds the (mostly ceremonial) rank of ...
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Why do leaders carry smaller weapons?

This is based on the real world to a great extent. For a lot of the history of firearms the individual weapons used by infantry soldiers have been quite long and somewhat unwieldy, requiring both ...
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Old sci if short story about a military general on another planet who gets tied up on an anthill by the locals

Would fit Happy Ending by Frank Brown and Mack Reynolds. Mr Smith, formerly 'Number One' and ruler of the solar system escapes capture and escapes to an exile on Venus. He tries to set himself up as ...
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1970s short story: military artificial-intelligence starship with smart-aleck personality from alternate timeline visits Earth

I believe the story in question is "Helbent 4" by Steven Robinet "I was programmed by the NASA contingent. They speak English, I speak English. Never did get along with those Ruskie-...
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Military sf short story: something like super-infantry on a raid

Soldiers Running by Brian W. Aldiss (1960) https://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?410031 The soldiers are in a war which has dragged on for a long time. Various medications have been key to keeping ...
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Help to ID military Space Opera trilogy with feliniods (tigerish) and suspended animation using a gas

Star Wolf series by David Gerrold It's a while since I've read them but I do remember the security officer who was fighting on the side of the humans against his own people, and the commanding officer ...
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Sci Fi book about Jewish people in space

This is Not For Glory by Joel Rosenberg. The Inspector General is Tetsuo Hanavi, who narrates the story. His rank of Inspector General in the Metzadan Mercenary Corps is really just a cover that ...
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Military Sci Fi Novel about teenage trainee corps

The White Regiment by John Dallas, second in his Regiment series. the protagonist govt had 2 major religious systems, a conservative religion that isn't detailed but is touchy about new ideas, and a ...
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1970s Scholastic (maybe?) children's science fiction story set on an asteroid or moon where humans are hunted as "aliens"

This could be "Sentry" by Fredric(k) Brown (different printings spell the name differently). The preceding link carries the full (1/2 page) text. It's a military story where we follow the ...
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Military Sci fi book where humans can "jack into" whatever machinery or technology they want to control

It was called "Warstrider", by Ian Douglas! I clearly remember the cover having the word "Xenophobe", big and bold, on the cover, though, along with a huge black/silver alien thing looking like the ...
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Book identification - space marines, underground

Dominant Species by Michael E. Marks, came out in Jan 2011. It mentions that a couple of the space marines met playing 3D football, they fight underground in a huge cavern after finding a ship. I don'...
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