In an era where personnel numbers are challenged, threats are everywhere and cycle time between observation and action, especially for high value targets, becoming increasingly compressed, an all seeing eye can provide many advantages in a variety of operational scenarios.
The idea of persistent ground based surveillance is not a new one, and anyone that has ever been to a town or city in the UK will understand full well what it means.
But in a defence and security context what caught my eye and prompted the idea for this post was a news story from Belfast Live about something being sold on eBay!
The item in question was from the Troubles era, a hedgerow cam.
Secret British Army camera used to spy on IRA on sale on eBay
The device itself was made by Kylmar, now General Dynamics.
The last paragraph caught my eye particularly, we know that sowing seeds of suspicion is an enduring and valuable tactic in counter insurgency operations, organisation expend valuable energy trying to find non-existent traitors and curtail operational activity. Now of course, this is 2016, not the seventies. Enemies have a much greater awareness of electronic surveillance, but that does not mean the tactic has no value any more.
We might also consider how they might be used on a conventional battlefield. Could they be used at potential chokepoints, placed nearby tunnels, road intersections or likely river crossing points? Non covert surveillance has value, yes, but covert surveillance also has value, even in conventional scenarios.
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