That quote about the military reminds me of the National Lampoon "True Facts" item I found very amusing in about 1973.
It was picture of a nulcear bomber with the capability to destroy about 20 cities with hydrogen bombs....but they were bragging about the fact that the jet engines met the EPA's pollution control requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Whew! Thank goodness for that! Can't have our bombers causing air pollution!!!!!!
It is strannge but true that this country spends so much on the military that a lot of new civilian technology comes out things made possible by military spending when it can't be afforded at first by the public and NEAH is just part of that phenom. Take my $200 GPS for example and also our $79 fish finders (sonar). Personally, I'd rather we spend the money first on Livingry rather than Weaponry. Bucky Fuller once said it would be cheaper to drop tractors and seeds by parachute on SE Asia than what we'd spent on bombs so they could feed themsleves and be less likely to feel the need for war......How treasonous!