Just learned that the Internet sprang out of the Arpanet. And the Arpanet was a result of work done by the Advanced Research Projects Agency, a unit in the US Department of Defense.
More good history and background here:
History of the Internet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
So, here we are at ER Forums, having a ball communicating worldwide with ER compatriots previously unknown (and likely never to be known) to us.
Where would we ER'ers have been without work done originally by the US Defense Department back in the 60's?