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As attacks by roadside bombs increase in Afghanistan, the U.S. military is rushing protective new technology to the war zone.
Along with more blast-resistant vehicles and more bomb specialists, the Army is preparing to send a newly developed man-hunting radar designed to spot people on the ground, especially those planting deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The radar - called VADER, for Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar - is sharp-eyed enough to see individuals from an altitude of about 25,000 feet.
Northrop won't reveal much about how VADER works - details are being closely held by the Defense Department, Reise said.