Political, diplomatic and economic demands dictate that future operations, where possible, minimize U.S. casualties while limiting collateral civilian casualties and collateral damage to civilian objects. Crowd control in conducting peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance missions is as likely a task for the Army as is destroying enemy armor and infantry forces in war.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps has been designated as the Executive Agent for the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) Program with the responsibility for providing program recommendations and for stimulating and coordinating Joint Non-Lethal Weapon requirements. As the Army’s proponent lead for non-lethal weapons, the Infantry is working closely with the sister services and DoD to develop a coherent joint operational concept.
Sources and Resources
- Joint Concept for Non-Lethal Weapons Commandant of the Marine Corps January 5, 1998
- CONCEPT FOR NONLETHAL CAPABILITIES IN ARMY OPERATIONS TRADOC Pamphlet 525-73 - 1 December 1996
- Background Briefing Subject: Non-Lethal Weapons Friday, February 17, 1995, 11:00 a.m. (EST) Attributable To: Senior Military Official
- Non-Lethal Technologies: Implications for Military Strategy, Center for Strategy and Technology CSAT Occasional Paper No. 3
- Non-Lethal Weapons for Military Operations Other Than War Cadet Joseph Suhajda AIRMAN-SCHOLAR Spring 1997, Vol III, No 2
- Non-Lethal Force: The Slippery Slope to War? F. M. LORENZ Parameters, Autumn 1996, pp. 52-62.
- Non-Lethal Weaponry: A Framework For Future Integration Mark R. Thomas; Charles T. Clements (Faculty Advisor) Air Command and Staff College 1998 -- Coherent, substantiated, decisive and appropriate actions must be taken to ensure the transformation of non-lethality into an integrated component of US armed capability.
- Soldier, Set Your Weapon on Stun’ American Forces Press Service 03 January 2000 -- The Oak Ridge project centers on high-energy cartridges that contain water and aluminum as propellants.
- NON-LETHAL DEFENSE III Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory - February 25 and 26, 1998
- DoD Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program Website
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