Infrared and Electro-Optical Capabilities Within DOD
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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Electro-optics EO is the use of applied electrical fields to generate and control optical radiation. Infrared IR is the invisible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. IR and EO systems are used in target acquisition, guidance and visual systems, and system upgrades. The Military Departments programmed 160 million for IR and EO projects from FYs 1992 through 1997. We visited 17 installations that have IR and EO equipment valued at approximately 341 million and a customer workload valued at 147 million. The overall audit objective was to evaluate the potential for consolidating DoD IR and EO test assets into comprehensive test facilities. We also evaluated the Military Departments utilization of existing test facilities and management efforts to coordinate the exchange and joint Military Departments use of test assets as opposed to acquiring new assets. We also evaluated the effectiveness of management controls to preclude unnecessary duplication of test capabilities.
- Administration and Management
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
- Infrared Detection and Detectors