PLAN THE EMPLOYMENT OF RSTA DEVICES
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In this lesson, you will learn the key considerations for the employment of reconnaissance, surveillance,
and target acquisition (RSTA) devices.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE
Identify and employ reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA)
Given the applicable equipment in accordance with the Table of Organization and
To demonstrate competency of this task, you must achieve a minimum score of 70
percent on the subcourse examination.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following publications:
STP 19-95B4, FM 19-4, FM 20-60, and FM 7-285.
Operations of any kind that are conducted during the hours of darkness or reduced visibility have
traditionally been hard to conduct due to the difficulties of command and control and the inability to
observe the actions taking place. At the same time, they are extremely effective, when properly
executed, and greatly enhance the element of surprise. Threat forces have traditionally used the cover
of darkness to conduct operations. They continue to train for this kind of operation. Darkness is also a
major ally of the guerrilla, saboteur, and terrorist.
Modern technology provides equipment that will assist you in operating under the cover of darkness. It
helps to take away the enemy's ability to use this element. Several items of equipment are now
authorized in military police units and more are being developed. It is imperative that you understand
what they are and how to employ them. Some of these devices will not only allow you to penetrate the
darkness, but will allow you to identify friend and foe.