Ever since the drone thing, live-streaming battlefield video has been the bee’s knees for the U.S. Military’s
armchair generals strategists. So it’s no surprise, really, that the U.S. Marines have a hard-on for rifle-mounted surveillance technology (no doubt referred to as RMST). Here’s an excerpt from the request for information submitted by Marine Corps Systems Command . . .
The MCRCO [Marine Corps Rapid Capability Office] is seeking technologies that increase individual and small unit situational awareness through the use of multi-media sensors to pass video, picture, and/or text with other personnel and units within close proximity . . .
The technology sought should be attachable to existing USMC individual weapon systems or able to be integrated into existing attachments such as scopes. Technologies must allow the captured information to be transmitted through radio-frequency communications and be displayed to other individuals or units using an additional portable device.
marinecorpstimes.com is on-board: “The new technology would enhance situational awareness for Marines operating in difficult combat environments.” Either that or inflict information overload on COs, and make grunts worry about constant second-guessing from higher-ups.
In any case, I’m not quite sure what advantage RMST has over HMST (Helmet Mounted Surveillance Technology), but what do I know? It’s only my tax money paying for this stuff.