The US did a lot of this during the Cold War: internet, smoke detectors, velcrow (?) were originally designed for defense purposes.
I know a lot of people here find Israel’s human rights record appalling (myself included), but they have become leaders in security software, mostly developed from devising ways to detect threats. The IDF has become a technology regime.
I think this is great, because we have to spend money on defense anyway. Why not develop technologies in the process? That we the old guns and butter debate isn’t a trade-off.
I haven’t heard of any military spinoff technologies from Taiwan. Reasons I can think of being:
- We buy most of our stuff. We are developing indigenous subs, but they’re hardly cutting edge, I imagine.
- The military is a joke to begin with.