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  1. Durl

    An interesting recent event relating to technology and the military: the Navy has resumed teaching officers how to use celestial navigation techniques. Why? Fear of modern technology being rendered unusable due to an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) from an air burst nuclear weapon, or systems being hacked, or total power failure for any reason, etc.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/02/17/why-naval-academy-students-are-learning-to-sail-by-the-stars-for-the-first-time-in-a-decade/

    • Bookscrounger

      The late mother of a friend of mine once told me how she worked on LORAN during WWII, and she claimed she was the one who figured out the major problem they had: she insisted that the British had to be delaying the signals. The British stonewalled, but finally double-checked her data and capitulated. What was fascinating was how the Americans tested the system. We had an officer who had been born into Polish nobility, and who had been yachting since he was a child.

      She said they would send him out on the ocean with a sextant. He could take 6 sightings and make them all cross on a single spot.

  2. MikeSpartan300

    During my nearly 9 years in the military, I saw a definite influence by the military for social change. One example is that if a commander believed a local business was discriminating in any way, he would put that business off limits. In towns with a population of say, 40,000 and 20,000 of those report to one commander, being put off limits would have an impact that usually could not be ignored. Of course I never was sure how strictly the off limits was enforced. In fact, a side effect of such a ban was that if a soldier was new in town and wanted to find something that was illegal, for example a house of ill repute, it was likely quite efficient to just check the banned areas to find what that person was looking for.

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