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

​GPS

One of those technologies that is obviously military in origin, GPS technology started being researched in the early 1950s. The system we have now was developed in the late 1970s, and finally became fully operational in the 1990s.

The super-accurate GPS we have now was available to the military for a decade before the civilian world gained access. Thank the US military for giving you the ability to not get lost on the way to work!

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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.