What has the War done for progression?

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#1
In past wars the military's needs caused a flurry of inventions. Many of these either directly or indirectly filtered into normal civilian life. From the jet engine to trauma care these have improved the life of civilians.

My question. Have the Iraq of Afghanistan wars produced a flurry of developments that will improve the lives of the rest of the population? If so, what?
 
#2
Afghanistan is directly responsible for a 100% improvement in kit and equipment for the armed forces. Look at what we have out there now compared to Telic 1. It has also improved the lives of airsofters significantly as they can buy loads of kit from ebay now at a cheap price.
 
#4
Advances in surveillance technology immediately spring to mind. New UAV's and remote cameras will all be finding their way into use in the UK thereby maintaining the peace and keeping the populace docile and compliant. Sorry, meant safe.
 
#5
In past times, massive R&D budgets surrounded the Armed Forces. Whilst there is a lot of effort in this area, we are more regularly picking up from industry and the commercial world. Many of the recent developments will have been more subtle, integrated into other systems and fairly classified.
 
#7
#10
One technique I've heard of:

Guy in vehicle gets caught in IED. He's knocked about, but has no obvious signs of injury apart from a concussion, from which he soon recovers. Couple of hours later, his intracranial pressure builds up and kills him. However, because of Iraq and Afghanistan, medics now know to monitor his condition and, if need be, slice open part of his skull to relieve that pressure.

http://internalmedicinedoctor.blogspot.com/2006/01/bob-woodruff-look-at-injuries.html

The brain's size frequently increases after a severe head injury. This is called brain swelling and occurs when there is an increase in the amount of blood to the brain. Later in the illness water may collect in the brain which is called Brain Edema. Both Brain swelling and Brain Edema result in excessive pressure in the brain called Intracranial Pressure ("ICP"). Around-the-clock monitoring during this time is essential in order that Intracranial Pressure can be immediately treated. Treatment of brain swelling can be difficult. Very strong medications are administered and in some cases, removal of small amounts of fluids from the brain may be beneficial. If all these measures fail, a craniotomy may be performed.
 
#11
Grapevine said:
One technique I've heard of:

Guy in vehicle gets caught in IED. He's knocked about, but has no obvious signs of injury apart from a concussion, from which he soon recovers. Couple of hours later, his intracranial pressure builds up and kills him. However, because of Iraq and Afghanistan, medics now know to monitor his condition and, if need be, slice open part of his skull to relieve that pressure.
They were using this method in the neolithic period.
 

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