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 Competition Continuum. 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 intermediate force 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 Competition Continuum, 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 Strategic Communications in Support of a Social Media Intense Environment
  • Legal Factors and Considerations
  • Operational Case Studies of Intermediate Force use
  • Non-Lethal Weapons in Support of Defense Support of Civil Authorities

The course is currently available as a Non-Resident Elective at Naval War College in Spring and Summer, Resident Elective at Naval War College in November 2019 and Resident Elective at the USMC Command and Staff College in January 2020.

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

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. Non-resident courses are scheduled from April to July 2020 and July to September 2020 at the Naval War College as well as April to May at the Army War College.



Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW): Supporting the Joint Force Across the Competition Continuum

For more information about the education course, contact:

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