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History of the Optical Society: Origins and Roots Do Matter

F. Dow Smith

A historical sketch of contributions The Optical Society and its members made to programs in the defense industry which depend on optical technology.

Protecting the War Fighter's Vision In a Laser-Rich, Battlefield Environment

A look at the passive nonlinear optical limiter, which offers the best hope for visual protection against the threat of laser systems on the battlefield.

Optical Technology in Naval Applications

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), as the U.S. Navy's corporate laboratory, conducts a broad R&D effort. Described in this article are a selection of NRL projects that represent the importance of optical technology in naval applications and illustrate why optics has a key role in the naval arena.

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