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The military is the only thing the American gov't has gotten right with relative reliability. All other programs fail, even space exploration is a shadow of itself when handed off to civilians. The military is what makes America great.
When you factor in the Industries developing products for the Military also worked in parallel with NASA, you quickly realize most Technological innovations are directly related to these vitally important Departments within the Government. Even transistors, fiber optics, carbon fiber, and a host of other materials and technology have more than paid for their initial investments (often criticized at the time) as they are later adapted and applied in the Civilian sector!
Americans invent everything, or at least a lot of things.
This country has always been an innovator because people have had an incentive ( a huge one) to develop and to create.
When that incentive is taken away, we will no longer e the country we once were.
Take a man or woman's incentive away, and you have nothing.
For years, all of my hunting and hiking buddies kept telling me to get a compass. The problem was, every compass I saw only pointed North instead of somewhere useful, like where you parked the car. Gotta love GPS!
The item most used by the private sector that was invented for the military is.......M&Ms. It was meant to give soldiers an energy boost. M&Ms had the same intended use as the caffeinated products that are use in the military today.
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