Current Intermediate Force Capabilities

Current non-lethal weapons are fielded and in use. A number of non-lethal weapons are currently being fielded to give our men and women in uniform alternatives between “shouting and shooting”, while reducing the risk of fatalities and permanent injury to non-combatants. These devices have been and continue to be extremely valuable to troops involved in current operations. Non-lethal capabilities are available for use in a variety of conflict scenarios, from humanitarian and peace operations to combat operations.

Currently available non-lethal capabilities range from non-lethal munitions and acoustic devices to non-lethal optical distractors and vehicle stopping devices. Non-lethal weapons are multi-capable, with the ability to strike single or multiple targets. These non-lethal capabilities give warfighters a variety of options in situations where lethal weapons are not the best solution.