Optics and the U.S. Department of Defense

Tom Price

The U.S. Department of Defense is a major source of support for optics research done in American labs, academic institutions and private businesses.


imageU.S. airmen perform a combat offload using only night vision goggles during an operational readiness exercise at West Freugh Airfield, Scotland.

The U.S. military has been tapping the fruits of optical science since sailors squinted through spyglasses during the Revolutionary War more than 200 years ago.

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