Non-Lethal Weapons Education

The Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program uses a variety of educational programs to promote increased understanding of non-lethal weapons and technologies. These efforts and others are designed to increase awareness on the utility of non-lethal weapons across the range of military operations.

Throughout the year, the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program, through Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), provides a resident Joint Professional Military Education elective class at military academic institutions to increase non-lethal capability understanding among service members.

The course is titled Non-Lethal Weapons: Supporting the Operational Art Across the Range of Military Operations. Curriculum includes discussion applications of non-lethal capabilities across the spectrum of conflict and in escalation-of-force situations. The course not only gives students a better understanding of the applicability of non-lethal capabilities in an operational environment, but also makes them aware of unique factors to be considered during operational planning. The course also provides students an overview of future non-lethal capabilities.

The course, Non-Lethal Weapons: Supporting the Operational Art Across the Range of Military Operations, includes the following non-lethal weapons instruction:
  • Range Day
  • Course Instruction
  • Current/Developmental Non-Lethal Technologies
  • Non-Lethal Capability Sets and Escalation-of- Force Modules
  • Directed Energy Non-Lethal Technologies
  • Non-Lethal Communications Synchronization
  • Legal Factors and Considerations
  • Non-Lethal Weapons in Support to Homeland Defense
  • Non-Lethal Weapons in Support of Defense Support of Civil Authorities
More information about the elective course is available in the Non-Lethal Weapons: Supporting the Operational Art Across the Range of Military Operations course brochure.

The following military academic institutions at which Penn State conducts the course include: