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Military Technology

Hillary Cyril



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Military technology is the application of new technologies for use in war. It includes all the types of military technologies which are not necessarily military in nature, and therefore not civilian in use, normally because they are inherently dangerous to use or have no useful civilian applications. There are some forms of military technology, such as certain missiles and other high-tech firearms, which may be used for civilian purposes. Other types of military technology are generally only used by the armed services for their own ends and may never be transferred to civilian hands. Military technology has developed so much that it now encompasses most aspects of modern warfare, from surveillance to the development of new weapons. Some military applications are very different from civilian applications; civilian models are often less complex than those used by the armed services.

One type of military technology that has been around for a long time is radar technology. Radar systems were originally designed for the use of the U.S. Navy with a particular purpose in mind: being able to track enemy vessels. However, since the advent of newer weapons, particularly stealth weapons, radar is being used less. Today, radar is largely obsolete because many new technologies can do the same job for less money and with less risk. However, radar is still used extensively in military maneuvers and combat by both the forces and civilian users.

Another area of military technology that has developed over time is communications. Advances in technology have made possible new ways of communication, including satellite phones and military communications systems. While these tools have sometimes given enemy troops or enemy observation team members the advantage of surprise attacks, they’ve also limited communications between the people on opposite sides of a battlefield. In fact, the explosion of satellite-based television programming has meant that it is easier and cheaper for militaries and civilians to communicate, which makes battlefield communications even more important.


The last major technological development in military technologies was the development of gunpowder weaponry. While gunpowder was initially used for war between established aristocrats in the time of the British empire, it soon became a common weapon for all types of armies throughout the middle ages. Gunpowder weapons required a great deal of energy to operate, so they could only be used in wars when the invading force was large enough to overwhelm the defenders at the point of entry. As a result, gunpowder’s usefulness waned as new inventions and technologies for delivering firearms made other types of weaponry more available to the fighting force.

One area of military technology that is still in use today is ballistic missile warfare. Though ballistic missiles are generally known for their ability to travel relatively short distances to reach their target, this was not always the case. As the world became more aware of the long-range capabilities of ballistic missiles, they were modified to include features that would allow them to strike longer, more exact targets. Today, ballistic missiles are generally equipped with sophisticated guidance systems that allow them to hit their intended targets at great distances, although some argue that this aspect of the weaponry is no longer necessary given the great distance that ballistic missiles can reach.

Today, the United States Army and Marines continue to invest in new weapons and technologies in an effort to remain prepared for future wars. Military defense experts believe that we are still only at the beginning of what could be a decades-long struggle against our enemy. Therefore, although we have been engaged in a number of wars throughout our history, including the Korean War, World War II, and the War in Iraq, military technology and armaments are constantly being improved upon to allow the United States and her allies to remain as ready as possible to defeat any enemy that threatens us.

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