There was a time when U.S. forces owned the night, conducting shadowy raids against enemies who never saw them coming. But as night vision technology becomes more readily available, that advantage has faded into history.
One of the greatest battlefield threats now is the proliferation of cheap night vision, thermal cameras and a plethora of other sensors. Those tools can give even underfunded third-world insurgents capabilities once reserved for military superpowers, according to defense industry experts.
The Marine Corps and Army have taken note and, along with U.S. Special Operations Command, are working with manufacturers to counter the growing threat by incorporating new cloaking technology into camouflage.