Night Vision Sensors and Electronic Sensors Technology

Tuesday September 23, 2008

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.


NVESD Technology

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"


The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Cooperative Spirit 08

Secretary Gates meets with governor in Afghanistan

Guardsmen aid livestock stranded by Ike



  • 82nd Airborne engineers re-enact famous WWII river crossing (ARNews)
  • Canada goes live fire in 'Cooperative Spirit' (ARNews)
  • Warrior Transition Units using battlefield EMRs to improve care (MHS)
  • Guard, Reserve transfer program renewed (AT)
  • Latina Style Magazine, DOD recognize Signal Battalion (ARNews)


  • U.S., Afghans and Pakistanis consider joint military force (WP)
  • Analysts fear Pakistan could fall to extremists (LAT)
  • Pakistan army says 60 suspected militants killed (WP)
  • Iraqi insurgents forced underground (CSM)
  • Gates: Building Afghan forces is biggest challenge (WT)


  • VA to increase benefits for mild brain trauma (USA)
  • Audio: The first of a five-part series: Missile defense system aimed at potential threats (NPR)
  • Sarkozy wins approval for French role in Afghanistan (WP)
  • Guantanamo judge enlists help of Sept. 11 suspects (LAT)
  • Detainees' rights subverted at Guantanamo, their lawyers say (CSM)
  • $13 billion in Iraq aid wasted or stolen, ex-investigator says (WP)


  • Afghanistan proposes joint force for Pakistan border (GRD | Story)
  • Battle of Bajaur: A critical test for Pakistan's military (IHT | Story)
  • Marriott blast: Mystery of U.S. Marines' steel boxes being probed (Sify | Story)
  • Audio: Islamabad bomb: Zardari is making himself the focus of extremist wrath (GRD | Story)
  • Russian drone 'hit over Georgia' (BBC | Story)
  • Russia engages in 'gangland' diplomacy as it sends warship to the Caribbean (TO | Story)


  • Thought helmets contracted by the Army (SG)
  • Army awards contract for 'thought helmets' (seriously, it's tinfoil hat time, like, now) (Giz)
  • America's Army as a high school education platform? (GC)
  • America's Army to help "educate" students (DB)
  • What Iraq, Afghanistan, and the war on terror has cost (B&W)
  • Part 5 of 11: Battlemind skills -- L is for loyalty and commitment (HHH)


Sports at a glance

Top Army football stories

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.


September 2008: National Preparedness Month

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2008: National Hispanic Heritage Month


"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

Stand-To! Archive

Most Recent Focus Topics


STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.