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Non-Lethal Capabilities and Requirements
The Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program has non-lethal capabilities that are:
Currently available through the acquisition process
In various phases of development
Being researched by the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program
The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, on behalf of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, who serves as the Executive Agent for the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program, leads the Department of Defense in the identification, evaluation, recommendation and development of non-lethal weapons to enable their employment across the range of military operations.
The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, including its member Services, has identified several specific capability requirements that non-lethal weapons can address. These requirements include both counter-personnel and counter-materiel tasks.
The Directorate also posts
for science and technology development and for demonstrations of next-generation non-lethal weapons.
The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program Fiscal Year 2015 Non-Lethal Weapon Technologies Broad Area Announcement (BAA) is available on the
Business Opportunities webpage
, under the Expired Solicitations section. Please note this ONR-hosted BAA has expired. Therefore, we cannot continue to accept BAA white papers or proposals based on this specific BAA. However, it is recommended that industry, government laboratories, and academia interested in presenting ideas and concepts to the JNLWP use this BAA as a reference document. The BAA best defines our current and future innovative non-lethal weapon system performance specifications.
More information regarding identified requirements for non-lethal counter-personnel and counter-materiel tasks, as well as related terms and definitions, can be found on the
Non-Lethal Weapon Requirements Fact Sheet
Non-Lethal Capabilities and Requirements News
Non-Lethal Weapons? Will Marines ever use this capability?
Oct. 15, 2019
Navy, Marines express interest in ‘stackable’ modular offensive grenades for the future
Oct. 2, 2019
Pentagon’s Non-Lethal Weapons Office Pushing Gray-Zone Warfare Tools
Aug. 24, 2019
Taking aim at non-lethal tactics
Nov. 20, 2018
USTRANSCOM hosts non-lethal weapons training
Sept. 7, 2018
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