"We own the night" has remained the battle cry of American night vision dominance for decades. Now, U.S. Special Operations Command wants to take the U.S. military's capabilities to the next level.
A special request for information
published by SOCOM in late October details an upcoming technology experimentation event focused on enhancing the commands Night Vision Electro-Optics capabilities through new tech, including what the command calls "True Color Night Vision and Fused Imagery Sensors."
U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Johnathon Bradley, an MV-22 pilot with Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 165, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command, uses night-vision goggles to observe an ordnance range during a tail-gunner certification course in which Marines qualify with the M2 Browning 50 caliber machine gun from the rear of an MV-22B Osprey in southwest Asia Jan. 23, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Alina Thackray))
The U.S. military may be working overtime to reduce the weight of a standard-issue pair of night vision googles to the point where it feels like you're wearing nothing at all, but a group of scientists think they've cracked the code of "built-in" night vision thanks to dollop of special particles and a needle to the eyeball.