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: Complementing Joint Force Lethality and Agility through Scalable Effects. 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
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: