What Is It?
The Escalation-of-Force Mission Modules replaced the previously fielded Force Protection Capability Sets. The modules consist of multi-functional non-lethal weapons systems and force protection equipment needed to apply non-lethal force during escalation-of- force situations. The various equipment contained within the modules allows Marines to accomplish several different tasks in direct support of defined U.S. Marine Corps missions. The modules are integrated with commercial and government off-the-shelf products.
How Does It Work?
The modules’ equipment is housed in four quadruple containers that are organized into three additional modules: training, crowd control, and checkpoint. The modules are further organized into 10 capability sets, nine of which are listed below. The 10th capability set is munitions, which are kept at each unit’s storage point.
- Vehicle check point / Entry control point
- Clear facilities
- Urban patrolling
- Crowd control
- Establish perimeter
- Secure perimeter
- Convoy security
- Detain personnel
The capability sets are arranged and color coded by capability for expedited deployment.
Based on input/feedback from operating forces, the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command procured upgraded, expeditionary LED lights to replace originally fielded halogen lights. The newly procured LED lighting system provides more light, and requires less electrical power than the halogen lights. The expected usable life of the LED lights is also an improvement compared to original halogen lights.
The Escalation-of-Force Mission Modules include a complement of one-way translation devices. Originally fielded SQU.ID SQ.200 translation devices are no longer available for procurement due to obsolesce of critical components. As a result, the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has procured the new SQ.410 translation device.