Tactical to Practical

Tactical to Practical

2003 - 2004, War, History, Other, Technology
Technology born in the military that found civilian applications.

Episode Guide

  • Tactical to Practical - Surviving Extreme Speed; Virtual Reality; Battle Labs; R&D Labs (Season 2 Episode 28)
    Season 2 Episode 28:

    Surviving Extreme Speed; Virtual Reality; Battle Labs; R&D Labs

    Surviving extreme speeds; virtual reality systems for training and design work; research and development.

  • Tactical to Practical - Ultimate Teamwork; Portable Power; Ice Tech (Season 2 Episode 27)
    Season 2 Episode 27:

    Ultimate Teamwork; Portable Power; Ice Tech

    Building teamwork; portable power and electronics; operating in extreme cold conditions. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Deep Underground; High Tech Fabrics; Aerodynamics (Season 2 Episode 26)
    Season 2 Episode 26:

    Deep Underground; High Tech Fabrics; Aerodynamics

    Underground tactical action; high-tech fabrics for soldiers; aerodynamic breakthroughs. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Extreme Survival; Search for ET; Tomorrow's Robots (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    Extreme Survival; Search for ET; Tomorrow's Robots

    Extreme search and rescue requires vehicles and gear that can operate anywhere; the search for intelligent life in outer space; robots.

  • Tactical to Practical - Battle Planning, Disaster Planning; Information, Misinformation; War Blades, Sports Blades (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    Battle Planning, Disaster Planning; Information, Misinformation; War Blades, Sports Blades

    Military training for battle readiness; deceiving the enemy for tactical advantage; swords and knives.

  • Tactical to Practical - Experimental Aircraft; Sound Tech; Shore Security (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    Experimental Aircraft; Sound Tech; Shore Security

    Developing and testing aircraft; infrasound technology; keeping ports secure and safe.

  • Tactical to Practical - Hunter's Top Ten (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Hunter's Top Ten

  • Tactical to Practical - Fire Tech; Bridges; Special Duty Choppers (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Fire Tech; Bridges; Special Duty Choppers

    Surplus military aircraft are put back to work fighting wildfires; aircraft fire training facility; links between military and civilian bridges; Marine Corps Nighthawks.

  • Tactical to Practical - Jungle Survival; Concept Cars; Bodyguards (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Jungle Survival; Concept Cars; Bodyguards

    Island and jungle warfare; survival training; taming volcanic eruptions; concept vehicles; personal protection.

  • Tactical to Practical - Logistics; Jet Engines; Big Movers (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Logistics; Jet Engines; Big Movers

    Air Force Thunderbirds; the role of logistics; jet engine technology; big movers. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Precision Parachutes; DC 3; Counter-Terrorist Training (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Precision Parachutes; DC 3; Counter-Terrorist Training

    Precision parachute team; history of military airdrops; DC 3 aircraft; counterterrorism training. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Airdrops; Battlefield Communications; Spies II (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Airdrops; Battlefield Communications; Spies II

    Airdrops; battlefront communications; locating a car bomb; spotting and avoiding surveillance; vehicular attack techniques.

  • Tactical to Practical - Divers; Med Tech; Attack Cats, Sport Cats (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Divers; Med Tech; Attack Cats, Sport Cats

    Navy Rescue and Salvage; prosthetic technology; the catamaran.

  • Tactical to Practical - Spy Planes, Aerial Reconnaissance; Trains; Navigation (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Spy Planes, Aerial Reconnaissance; Trains; Navigation

    Aerial reconnaissance; transcontinental railroad; maps, compasses and GPS systems. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Pilots; Portable Communications; Tracking (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Pilots; Portable Communications; Tracking

    Flying highly sophisticated aircraft in myriad situations; information as a weapon; high-tech tracking.

  • Tactical to Practical - Adventure Boat; Bomb Shelters; Combat Camera (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Adventure Boat; Bomb Shelters; Combat Camera

    High-speed watercraft; disaster shelters; photojournalists. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Sailing; Snow Vehicles; Weather II (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Sailing; Snow Vehicles; Weather II

    Sailboat designs; traveling across snow; dealing with and modifying weather.

  • Tactical to Practical - The Cavalry; ROVs; Biological and Chemical Defense (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    The Cavalry; ROVs; Biological and Chemical Defense

    U.S. Cavalry; remotely operated vehicles; biological and chemical attack.

  • Tactical to Practical - Urban Warfare; Autonomous Vehicles; High Altitude Rescue (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Urban Warfare; Autonomous Vehicles; High Altitude Rescue

    Training and tools for urban warfare; cars and tanks that can calculate, and drive themselves; rescuing soldiers and athletes from dangerous situations.

  • Tactical to Practical - A Physical Conditioning Special (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    A Physical Conditioning Special

    Ranger training; ultimate gyms; elite training centers. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Crash Survival; ROVs; Video Surveillance (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Crash Survival; ROVs; Video Surveillance

    Automatic collision-avoidance systems; remotely operated vehicles; military surveillance. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Extreme Search and Rescue; Secret Codes; High Mobility Medicine (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Extreme Search and Rescue; Secret Codes; High Mobility Medicine

    Rescue operations; secret codes; portable military surgical units.

  • Tactical to Practical - Deep Sea Exploration; Blimps and Dirigibles; Snow Gear (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Deep Sea Exploration; Blimps and Dirigibles; Snow Gear

    The history and technology of submarine rescues; treasure hunter Mel Fisher's search for the Atocha; dirigibles; snow gear.

  • Tactical to Practical - Balloons; Army Engineers; Command Centers (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Balloons; Army Engineers; Command Centers

    Balloons used for espionage and bombing; Army Corps of Engineers; military and civilian command centers.

  • Tactical to Practical - Hybrid Vehicles; Camouflage; Scanning Technology (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Hybrid Vehicles; Camouflage; Scanning Technology

    Hybrid military vehicles and civilian cars; history of camouflage; scanning technology. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Special Duty Trucks; Ballistic Missile Defense; Weather (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Special Duty Trucks; Ballistic Missile Defense; Weather

    Trucks which move convoys; defense system capable of engaging incoming targets; amateur rocketeers; weather prediction.

  • Tactical to Practical - Winter Warfare; Optics; Gliders (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Winter Warfare; Optics; Gliders

    The 10th Mountain Division, trained for winter warfare; gun-sights; high-altitude military and NASA craft based on glider technology.

  • Tactical to Practical - Super Ships; Armored Cars; Simulators (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Super Ships; Armored Cars; Simulators

    Aircraft carriers; supertankers; container vessels; armored vehicles; flight-simulation technology. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Non-Lethal Weapons; Wired War; Need for Speed (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Non-Lethal Weapons; Wired War; Need for Speed

    Non-lethal weapons; hypersonic sound; digital technology; portable information technology; biometric and software security; wireless communications; video teleconferencing; the wireless network; fastest craft on land and in the water.

  • Tactical to Practical - Specialty Planes; Military Police; War Games (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Specialty Planes; Military Police; War Games

    Seaplanes; Vertical Take-Off Landing Craft; origins, history and mission of military police; simulators; video games; paintball war games.

  • Tactical to Practical - Boys' Toys (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Boys' Toys

    Remote-controlled gyro-stabilized helicopter; customized choppers, jet-skis and hang-gliders; wearable communications gear; armored clothing; special gear for extreme sports.

  • Tactical to Practical - Survival Training; People in Space; Explosives (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Survival Training; People in Space; Explosives

    Life rafts; high-tech camping gear; spacesuits; explosives. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Tanks; Satellites; Parachutes (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Tanks; Satellites; Parachutes

    Born in the military, tanks, satellites and parachutes find useful and exciting applications in civilian life.

  • Tactical to Practical - Hot Choppers; Lasers; Firefighting (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Hot Choppers; Lasers; Firefighting

    Helicopters; lasers; fire-fighting methods and equipment. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Specialty Boats; MedEvac Helicopters; Spy Gear (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Specialty Boats; MedEvac Helicopters; Spy Gear

    Watercraft; MedEvac helicopters; spy gear from the past; new gumshoe technologies; CIA masters of disguise.

  • Tactical to Practical - Light Off-Road Vehicles; Battlefield ER; Drones (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Light Off-Road Vehicles; Battlefield ER; Drones

    An automobile that can withstand harsh desert conditions; advances in battlefield and emergency medicine.

  • Tactical to Practical - Navy SEALS Dive Gear; Food Tech; Robots (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Navy SEALS Dive Gear; Food Tech; Robots

    Checking out the latest Navy SEAL Delivery Vehicle and equipment available to civilian divers. Host: Hunter Ellis.

  • Tactical to Practical - Attack Planes; Animals at War; Inflatables (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Attack Planes; Animals at War; Inflatables

    The best in 21st-century fighter-jets; the F-22 Raptor; F-18; animals used in combat and by civilian authorities; surplus World War II pontoons become white-water rafts.

  • Tactical to Practical - Submarines; Miracle Materials; Radar (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Submarines; Miracle Materials; Radar

    Technology leads from the submarine to hand-held sonar devices to help tourists catch big fish; carbon-fiber technology; radar now helps to locate people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

  • Tactical to Practical - Humvee; Night Vision; GPS (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Humvee; Night Vision; GPS

    Four-wheel drive; night-vision technology; Global Positioning System.

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