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Subject: Not Fade Away
SYSOP    1/22/2013 5:36:22 AM
 
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TonoFonseca    A rule   1/22/2013 5:16:35 PM
If one wants to find out what the consumer product environment will be like tomorrow, look at what the military has, and a decade later, you will see the technology used in products for civilians.  
 
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Belisarius1234    This proves that you do    1/22/2013 6:06:05 PM
not come from a capitalist or ADVANCED technology society. It usually is the CIVILIAN economy that has the toy the military stumbles across and weaponizes, a decade after civilians develop it.
 
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RtWingCon    capitalism rules   1/22/2013 6:44:56 PM
I think you can find examples where both of you are right, but i believe the shift is the civilian first idea. Perhaps its due to rapid developments unhindered by govt red tape and an example of capitalism/competition trumping all.
 
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bikebrains       1/22/2013 9:32:12 PM
"For example, wire guided missiles and smart bombs were developed during World War II (mainly 1942-45) but were not put into regular use or continued development until more than a decade after 1945."  A little help please.  Does anyone know the facts about the Vietnam War era story about the military preventing the use of smart bombs  because the military/government did not want the Soviets to know we had smart bombs?   The result being the loss of aircraft while dropping dumb bombs on sorties would not have been needed if accurate smart bombs had been allowed to be used.   Is that story a myth or is there some basis in fact?   The story centers on  the Dragon’s Jaw bridge at Thanh Hoa.
 
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Belisarius1234    I think that's a myth.    1/22/2013 10:14:41 PM
LGBs were not possible until a decent coded portable laser was in hand for the launcher system/aircraft. There was a LOT of trouble with that development, even as late as 1978, six years after the bridge was dropped. 
 
So maybe the bombs just were not ready. I know the TV guided bombs were just not good enough until 1967 to hit. Even then, the accuracy of those was not sufficient to smash the Dragon's Jaw pilings squarely. That had to wait for the lasers.
 
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forester    air conditioning...not   1/23/2013 1:34:14 PM
I served on the newest version of the M1A1 while stationed in Germany in the 90's.  Contrary to what the author implies, M1's had no true air conditioning system.  What we had was an air-cooled vest that hooked into the output hose from the NBC system.  It worked...sort of.  It's about the same as saying that if you open your car window while driving down a hot freeway, you have instant air conditioning.  ;)  We never had real air conditioning, however.  
 
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