Since the events of September 11th our country has relied
heavily on Remotely Sensed Images to show the devastation done by the
terrorist attacks on the World
Trade Center and Pentagon.
Currently, Remote Sensing is also being strategically used in our military campaign in Afghanistan.
The use of Remote Sensing
for the military began much earlier however. As far back as the civil war
Confederate and Union Armies spied on each other by taking pictures from
hot air balloons. This crude system became the blue print for future
During WWII the practice of using Aerial Photos came leaps and bounds
from the days of the hot air balloon. During the D-Day Invasion for
example Aerial Imagery was used to spot landing areas as well as tank
However it wasn’t until Operation Desert
Storm some 50 years later that the use of Remote Sensing became a
constant in the War effort. Remotely Sensed imagery was used through the
conflict. Heat from underground bunkers was exposed, troop and tank
movements were detected and oil fires set by Iraq were shown for the World
to see. Besides its military uses it became a way for Americans to see
first hand what was going on in the war. Press conferences were filled with
images of buildings and bridges destroyed.