MILITARY RELIES ON COMMERCIAL TECH It used to be that the military would develop technologies, and the civilian world would eventually put them to business use; the global positioning system is one of many examples of this. But now, the armed services are beginning to rely more on technologies that began as commercial products, says the New York Times.The Defense Department, for instance, brought the Iridium global satellite phone network back from the brink of extinction. The Marines, Air Force, and Navy are purchasing wearable computers from a Virginia commercial concern. And Itronix, a Spokane, Washington computer maker, "has adapted to military specifications (a laptop) that can withstand deluges of four inches of rain an hour and temperatures ranging from 10 below zero to 140 degrees Fahrenheit," according to the Times.
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