Scientists and engineers from across the U.S. Army, academia and industry are presenting their research this week in Orlando, Fla. at the 2010 Army Science Conference. The conference seeks to enable Army and DoD leaders, Congress and the public to understand the scope of the Army’s science and technology efforts to rapidly develop technologies in support of the Army and the Nation.
About the author: Wilbur Chin is an electronics engineer with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center (CERDEC). A team lead in CERDEC’s Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD), Wilbur has managed the Suite of STTW Systems Army Technology Objective.
Military operations are becoming increasingly urban centric and our ability to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance on combatants is severely hindered as they retreat indoors. The Army is committed to providing the Soldier with the capability to locate potential hostile targets deep inside urban structures with sense-through-the-wall (STTW) technology.
The Suite of STTW Systems Army Technology Objective, managed by CERDEC I2WD during FY04-FY08, developed a capability for dismounted Soldiers to detect and locate personnel who are hidden behind various types of walls, doors and other obstructions. The successful demonstration of STTW technology has resulted in its transition to a Program of Record.
CERDEC I2WD is providing support to the Program of Record as well as continuing its research of detecting personnel, concealed weapons and explosives and other devices of interest in complex and urban terrain through partnerships with the Army Research Lab and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.