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 Old Dominion University, 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 Joint Force 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.

To view a brief video about the course, click here: NLW JPME VIDEO

The course, Non-Lethal Weapons: Supporting the Joint Force 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

The course is currently being updated and will return to Military JPME venues in Spring 2019.

The following military academic institutions at which Old Dominion will conduct the course include:

Non-Lethal Weapons: Supporting the Operational Art Across the Range of Military Operations Elective Course Brochure

The Non-Lethal Weapons Elective Course is held at Joint and Service JPME venues. It has recently been updated. In 2019 the course was presented as part of the Naval War College non-resident program and the second semester is currently in progress. The course was also presented as part of the U.S. Army War College Graduate Seminar Program. Scheduling for the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 semesters is underway at several venues and will be announced here when dates/locations are confirmed.



Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW): Supporting the Joint Force Across the Range of Military Operations

For more information about the education course, contact:

LT Mark A. Whisenant, USCG
Education Program Manager
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate