In war, those who can deploy the most force on the battlefield almost always win, but with advancements in tools and weapons, quantity can only go so far. As civilization advances and more technological innovations emerge, armies equipped with or capable of producing these high-quality mechanisms will have an advantage in rising above and dominating the rest of the world.

Nonetheless, during peacetime, these remarkable inventions have somehow weaved into the mundane of the rest of society—transforming an effective weapon in wartime into an important tool in one’s daily life.

The seven technological innovations listed below were initially developed to aid military activities and efforts but have since made their way into the hands of the general public and have significantly changed how people live forever.


You and I both know how substantial the vast world of the web has become, particularly at the beginning of the twenty-first century. What began as a hub for information sharing for government researchers in the 1960s has grown into a vast interconnected network that stretches the globe we know today.

The Internet rose to prominence at the height of the Cold War era when the Soviet Union launched its Sputnik satellite in 1957, effectively moving past the United States in the space race. Wanting to keep itself up on its toes, as well as maintain intel awareness and stay ahead in case of a nuclear attack, the US Defense Department scrambled to form a network that could provide fast, efficient information dissemination within state agencies and military—leading to the creation of the ARPANET, or Advanced Research Projects Agency Network.

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A precursor of what we’ll eventually come to know as the Internet, ARPANET, despite a promising invention, was initially used exclusively by “certain academic and research organizations who had contracts with the Defense Department,” allowing its various computer networks to communicate with each other. Public data networks began to emerge in the 1980s, and commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) were established just before the turn of the decade.

Eventually, ARPANET was decommissioned in 1990, paving business opportunities for commercial entities to capitalize and for the modern Internet traffic from private users to increase.

The integration into civilian use, however, does not mean the omission of Internet usage within the military. If anything, it has become an integral part considering that most tech now needs connectivity to operate sophisticated tools and equipment such as system software, sensors, and automation. Thus, the rise of cyber warfare.