Ground sensors that fit in the palm of your hand

As U.S. conventional forces prepare to withdraw completely from Afghanistan by 2014, the U.S. military plans to rely heavily on air and ground sensors to boost intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets and information that will be needed by Special Operations Forces who will plug the gap created by the withdrawal of regular forces, reports Noah Shachtman at Wired's Danger Room blog.

Unlike the large and clunky unattended ground sensors used by U.S. forces in previous conflicts stretching back to the Vietnam War, the latest generation of UGSes used in Afghanistan are smaller, slimmer and consume a fraction of the power of previous versions, the story said. As such, they are a way to furnish persistent surveillance for Special Operations Forces without the need for maintenance.

Army officials say next-generation, palm-sized UGSes can be used to cover areas that aren't covered by other ISR assets, the story said.

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