"Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate is known worldwide, and especially by our forces in the fight, for providing advanced capabilities critical to our warfighters' success. Today their expertise in night vision and sensor technologies is being applied to address new challenges confronting our Soldiers and will be tomorrow. These are brilliant patriots who continuously provide innovative, practical solutions to tough problems faced on the battlefield - they are not just producers of possibilities but reality."
- Maj. Gen. Fred D. (Doug) Robinson, commanding general, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
"Warriors go to other warriors - someone they trust - when they have a problem, and you need to know how to deal with it."
- Retired 1st Sgt. Michael Rinehart, training specialist from the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School
Medics receive battlemind training to help fellow Soldiers
Night Vision Sensors and Electronic Sensors Technology
What is it?
Night vision and electronic sensor technologies have provided the Army a tactical advantage for many years. Current innovations and recent advances in night vision sensors and electronic technology provide the warfighter with real-time information and advanced situational awareness. At the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Communication-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's (CERDEC), Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), scientists and engineers develop new ways to capture available electro-magnetic radiation outside the visible spectrum giving Soldiers increased capability not only to "Own the Night" but also to detect threats with advanced sensor technologies during the day.
What has the Army done?
Recent advances have demonstrated a new generation of high performance sensors that provide long range target identification, rapid wide-area search, and multi-spectral aided target recognition for air and ground scouts while on-the-move. Counter improvised explosive device (IED) sensors are giving current forces faster, more effective ground and air based IED and landmine detection and neutralization capabilities. Persistent surveillance technology like Cerberus Force Protection System is providing the warfighter real-time assessment of the battlefield environment.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army continues to develop radar and other sensors, software and related processing techniques to help Soldiers conduct detection identification, location and tracking of both individuals and vehicles. The Army is developing counter IED technologies and improving persistent surveillance technologies to support the warfighter in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why is this important to the Army?
We are a nation at war in an era of persistent conflict. Our warfighters are deployed around the globe serving at the forefront of the international struggle against terrorism. Investing in technology today is imperative to developing programs which will empower Soldiers for the current and future fight. Night vision and advanced sensor technology gives the warfighter an edge with real-time assessment of the environment for increased situational awareness of the battlefield.
Where can we see and experience this technology?
On Oct 1, 2008, RDECOM - CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate will host the 2008 Executive Night Vision Technology Exposition for legislative and senior military leaders. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience these technologies first hand through interactive demonstrations, which will be held at Fort Belvoir, Va. beginning at 3 p.m.
To attend: 2008 Executive Night Vision Technology Exposition
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Stories of Valor
- Speaker's Toolkit
- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"