Whether you're on a covert mission, or lack available frequencies or are simply fearful that a traditional signal may set off an IED or other explosive, you need only be in the field of vision to emit or receive a signal.
Traditionally, naval vessels have used hand signals or semaphore or used lights to send messages back and forth. Now, as long as the signal can be seen and is within range, it's as easy as speaking.
Hays explained that the device is not limited to the military or binoculars.
He said there's already been interest from local law enforcement and first responders who need to stay in touch regardless of how more traditional frequencies are behaving or interfered with.
Of course this is the Navy and not everything is about communication and peaceful resolution. At times, force is needed, and that's where the RATTLRS supersonic cruise missile comes in.
RATTLRS stands for Revolutionary Approach to Time-critical Long Range Strike. But basically, it's a really, really fast missile.
"The secret sauce in this missile is the engine," explained Lawrence Ash, program officer for the Office of Naval Research.
The engine allows the craft to travel at mach 3, three times the speed of sound, and although the researchers were tight-lipped about the details, it can cover distances larger than 500 nautical miles in a short amount of time.
"This gives us the ability to hit time-sensitive targets," he explained. "It's time-responsiveness that we simply haven't had before."
Ash says that means that the soldier in the field is both far out of harms way and that when the military pinpoints a target that's mobile, there's less travel time needed for the missile to hit its mark.