It’s believed the US military is currently working on (or already has) wearable EMP shields that can protect its personnel and weapons. Technology Shapes Warfare. Rather, (3) technology opens doors. Already, supposedly innocuous social technology is being put to murderous use. Technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. (2) Military technology is, however, not deterministic. In Iraq, the U.S. military employed ... and when it does, cities will likely be ground zero. The US government only disclosed this information in 2015, but it’s likely they’ve had a secret version of the technology for many years prior. Technology has allowed the military to rely less on human intelligence, or HUMINT, which puts the lives of spies and operators on the ground at risk, and procure aerial systems that provide myriad levels of intelligence. Phasers have been a staple of SciFi for decades, and the "pain beams" being developed by the U.S. military bring us one step closer to that technology… How Military Pain Beams Will Work. The technology progressed in the military sphere, especially during the Cold War and in the 1970s the first self-contained digital camera was created. One might argue that the military application of science is undoubtedly negative in that it has led to the creation of the atomic bomb and other such weapons of mass destruction. War is timeless and universal. But is this application positive or negative? And, finally, (4) these characteristics of military technology are easier to see in the modern period than previously, though they have always been at work. Technology shapes warfare, not war. It deserves a specific discussion not only of its remarkable size but also of its quality and nature. The effects of military technology. Military: The potential applications of technology to warfare are well known. The research and development effort for military technology is an important part of US innovative activities and of the government's technological policy.