The battlefield requires weapons guidance, threat detection, and optical targeting and imaging systems that can be operated in hard-to-distinguish threat environments. In all conditions. Day or night. The need for high precision optics utilizing ultraviolet, visible, and infrared systems technologies is immediate and will continue to accelerate.
Developing cutting-edge optics design and manufacturing technologies along with highly trained technicians and engineers is critical in order to enhance the capabilities of the warfighter. AmeriCOM — the American Center for Optics Manufacturing — is a nationwide initiative to address these needs head-on, significantly building our precision optics industrial base and strengthening the resiliency of its supply chains.
AmeriCOM’s core initiative, the Defense Precision Optics Workforce Development and Technology Ecosystem Project, is funded by the Office of Industrial Policy of the Department of Defense (DoD). Using a consortium model, AmeriCOM will harness the resources of partners in industry, education, nonprofit, and government sectors to expand workforce training programs, undertake new research, expand the precision optics manufacturing base, and secure the nation’s precision optics supply chain.