Well...not quite. 50 million men with assault rifles could do a hell of a lot in an urban environment. If the government wants to put down a revolution and keep control afterward, they can't very well be killing random civilians when they do so, lest more citizens are mobilized against them. Also, you can't fight a war with just smart bombs and other super-advanced technology. That stuff is important, but, as General Patton said, "It all comes down to a bastard with a rifle, who has to go into the other guy's foxhole and shoot him." While that's a slight misquote (I can't find the book I got it from) it's absolutely true. I have a rather intimate knowledge of the military, with a Captain for a brother-in-law, and a brother in the Special Forces. They tell me that all other branches of the Armed Forces exist to support the infantry. Look at any battle, and you'll find it to be true. Sure, smart bombs dropped from manned and unmanned aircraft played a big part in the Iraqi war, but who's over there right now keeping the peace? The infantry. Okay, so I lost my train of thought. Another factor is that in a revolution, it's very likely that a large number of military officers would be on the revolting side. Almost every major revolution involved defecting military forces. Salvatore Rosselli's label was American Apparrel, in Lodi, New Jersey. A man who owned a factory next door (I can't remember the name) bought him out when he retired.