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10 pieces of military technology that changed the way the civilian world works

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A lot of the advanced technology that's part of your everyday life started off as tools of war. Some military-to-civilian tech transitions are well known, but there are a few that you might not know about. Here are ten pieces of technology that launched in a more weaponized role.

It's not entirely accurate to say that the military created the modern internet. It is safe to say, however, that ARPANET, one of the first packet switching networks, laid the groundwork for the modern web as we know it.

DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, funded development of ARPANET for use as a communications network. ARPANET was also responsible for the creation of TCP/IP, a fundamental part of computer communication used to this day.

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By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.