Planning Guidance, Vision, Mission, & Definition

Executive Agent's Planning Guidance

The Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program Executive Agent's Planning Guidance provides vision, guidance, goals and tasks commensurate with the program's contemporary relevance. Its contents are directive for the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program and information for Service-unique non-lethal weapons programs--all of which comprise the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program.

DoD Non-Lethal Weapons Program Vision Statement

A fully integrated non-lethal competency within each Service to complement lethal effects, enhance the Joint Force's adaptability and support strategic objectives that include minimizing civilian casualties. (Essential Elements)

DoD Non-Lethal Weapons Program Mission Statement

Through Executive Agent oversight and coordination, the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program–comprised of Joint and Service programs–will serve as the Department's proponent to effectively identify, develop, test and evaluate, transition, field, and sustain integrated, relatively reversible, and scalable effects technologies and capabilities, and develop associated policies, doctrine, concepts, and training in order to provide timely solutions to current and future requirements across the range of military operations, maximize mission effectiveness, and minimize risk to U.S. forces, coalition partners, civilians, and critical infrastructure.

DoD Definition of Non-Lethal Weapons

According to DoD Directive 3000.03E, DoD Executive Agent for Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW), and NLW Policy, the Department of Defense defines non-lethal weapons as weapons, devices, and munitions that are explicitly designed and primarily employed to incapacitate targeted personnel or materiel immediately, while minimizing fatalities, permanent injury to personnel, and undesired damage to property in the target area or environment. Non-lethal weapons are intended to have reversible effects on personnel and materiel.
 Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller
Gen. Robert B. Neller
Commandant of the Marine Corps
 Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program Executive Agent