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We contacted several members of the military services who stated very clearly that small disposable surveillance devices whose focus of attention is under the control of small groups of soldiers "would save lives". In operations such as the relief mission to Somalia, civilians sneaking up on sleeping soldiers to steal equipment was a major problem. Small surveillance devices capable of providing platoon or battalion-level security to warn soldiers if ground-traffic or biochem agents are in an area would "let soldiers sleep"1, resulting in a significant improvement in readiness.

Conversation with C. Keers and N. Marano, U.S. Marine Corps. Background information provided by Dr. Bill Howard, Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office.