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Defense & Security

Optics and photonics greatly enhance the United States’ ability to gather intelligence, defend its citizens and protect its troops in the field. Science and engineering research is the basis for many of the technologies currently being deployed to prevent and detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and conventional terrorist attacks, as well as treat victims. Photonics makes laser-guided weapons more accurate, provides lasers for critical missile defense capabilities and directed energy applications, and permits personalized use of flexible display technology, all of which allow our men and women in uniform to remain informed and safe during operations. Optics-based sensors are key to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.