The potential of compressive sensing (CS) has spurred great interest in the research community and is a fast
growing area of research. However, research translating CS theory into practical hardware and demonstrating
clear and significant benefits with this hardware over current, conventional imaging techniques has been limited.
This article helps researchers to find those niche applications where the CS approach provide substantial gain
over conventional approaches by articulating guidelines for finding these niche CS applications. Furthermore, in
this paper we utilized these guidelines to find one such new application for CS; sea skimming missile detection. As
a proof of concept, it is demonstrated that a simplified CS missile detection architecture and algorithm provides
comparable results to the conventional imaging approach but using a smaller FPA.