Optical Standoff Detection: Eliminating Threats at a Distance

Lynn Savage

Chemical and explosive warfare has grown increasingly sophisticated with the decades. Researchers are exploring high-tech optical methods to detect threats at a safe distance—but their battle has just begun.



The landscape of battle may change—from desert sands to lush jungles to crowded urban markets—but the sense of danger is always near. Death and destruction can come from any direction at any time. You may never see your enemy, but you feel the presence of a target on your back. And it’s not just about avoiding bullets—there are also potential bombs, booby traps or chemical weapons lurking around every corner.

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