The Applied Optics Branch conducts basic and applied research in the areas of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM). This includes full spectrum active and passive multi-intelligence sensor development, laser techniques and integration, advanced image and signal processing algorithm development, real-time target exploitation and product dissemination, and rapid prototyping efforts for full-system integration on military airborne, space, ground, surface, and sub-surface platforms.


  • Code 5661 – ISR Systems
  • Code 5662 – Sensor Technology
  • Code 5663 – Counter Measure Systems
  • Code 5664 – Advanced Processing
  • Code 5665 – Maritime Sensing