5 famous products invented for the military

Private industry is credited with driving innovation, but some of the most important products we use every day were developed by the US military and its contractors.

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Oct 1, 2013 8:30PM

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.

Oct 2, 2013 9:30AM
Someone forgot about WD-40, that still has a military stock number.
Oct 1, 2013 11:46PM
Although Willys and Ford made the great majority of Jeeps in WW2, it was actually engineered and designed by American Bantam for the military in 1938 or 9.  They did it in less than 90 days, but were not given the contract because it was feared that the company was too small and couldn't meet necessary production.  Takes longer than 90 days to get EPA permission to do anything nowadays.   
Oct 1, 2013 7:59PM
Well they have been made for the military as you suggested but making them for the private citizens was where the money was made.... I like most of them myself. 
Oct 1, 2013 9:26PM

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!

Oct 1, 2013 7:57PM
When I was on a race car pit crew, we used duct tape to repair body panels on our  race car when it got involved in scrapes with other cars. We raced on a clay track so the track was always wet. We called it 200mph tape because it was tuff stuff even when wet. NASCAR used it too for the same purpose and it really went 200mph.
Oct 2, 2013 12:34PM
Oct 2, 2013 3:29PM
Hasn't been a real Jeep made since the Willys company went out of business.
Oct 8, 2013 5:40AM
Don't forget M&M's candy. It was the only way we could get chocolate to our troops without the chocolate melting. I think that was back in the 40's..
Oct 2, 2013 12:40AM
Aviator glasses?  
What about the accouterments the military has given us that will always be in style?  
The working adult male in today's society wouldn't have anything but lumberjack and cowboy wear had it not been for innovations in military uniforms made during WWI and WWII. 
Consider khaki pants, bomber jackets, white silk scarves, trenchcoats, epaulets, Ike Jackets, Pea Coats, watch caps, Jeep caps, "Mad Bomber" caps, yachting caps, Toggle Coats, Loden Coats, CPO shirts, desert boots, Desert Storm Boots, Corcoran boots, roller buckle web belts, bush jackets, campaign hats, Digger hats, pith helmets, kilts, sporrans, blue blazers, shoulder bags, shoulder holsters, lanyards, rain ponchos, BDUs, pup tents, wristwatches.  
Shall I go on?  

Oct 2, 2013 7:11AM
I use to work for Raytheon and I have seen the "FIRST" microwave oven. It is huge and the oven to cook is about 1 cu ft.
Oct 15, 2013 8:57AM

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.

Oct 2, 2013 11:02AM
Wouldn't computers (such as ENIAC) and internet (which originated with DARPAnet) count?  Or even cellphones to an extent, which essentially originated from the portable radios/walkie-talkies of WWII. 
Oct 14, 2013 9:03PM

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!

Oct 8, 2013 4:33AM

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. 

Oct 8, 2013 7:25AM
One thing I see on a daily basis that was left off: Backpacks.
Oct 14, 2013 7:55PM
don't forget Tang, the wonder orange drink of space...
Oct 8, 2013 9:34AM
BTW, the space program still produces more civilian products per dollar spent, & more profitable products than any other government, or private program.
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