Monday, August 06, 2007

Report: U.S. installs portable security cameras at outposts

Above: Soldiers from Bravo the 1st Infantry Division provide security at Combat Outpost Amanche in the Rasheed area of Baghdad in May.

A new surveillance system that minimizes Soldiers' exposure to harm while providing continual observation in operating areas has been fielded in Iraq after just three weeks of design and manufacturing. The Army's Rapid Equipping Force developed the Rapid Deployment Integrated Surveillance System, or RDISS, to improve situational awareness for Soldiers at joint security stations and combat outposts throughout Iraq.

"There are a lot of areas, especially obscured areas, around the combat outposts and we needed a way to cut down on exposing the troops to this broad danger," said Sgt. 1st Class Mark Henderson, REF operations NCO...

REF staff trained more than 100 Soldiers, Marines and Civilians from twenty brigades in the last two months to install, troubleshoot and maintain the system...

REF plans to deploy hundreds of systems to Iraq and Afghanistan by year's end.

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