EO/IR Sensors Boost Situational Awareness

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February 18, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: February 18 on

Military researchers and industry experts are adapting different EO/IR sensors to work together such that they can become greater than the sum of their parts, and help provide greater situational awareness than ever before.
Situational awareness has been the centerpiece of combat throughout the history of warfare. In the 21st Century”s increasingly networked digital, data-heavy battlespace, it has become more crucial than ever to warfighter security and success. This is where electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors come into play. These sensors and their data processors often serve as the eyes of deployed military forces.
The continuing challenge for the military is maintaining a technological edge in EO/IR sensor systems. Adversaries are becoming more sophisticated in their tactics and technologies, and the U.S. military”s efforts to maintain the technological advantage have grown in importance and difficulty.
“If you see the gap between potential in performance and where we are in delivering performance, that gap is just starting to open,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told the U.S. Naval Institute”s annual Defense Forum in December. “It”s not a huge gap right now; it”s probably small enough that on our best days we can convince ourselves we”re doing OK. But you can see, going forward, that gap is only going to widen at ever-increasing rates.”

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