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 (DoD) Non-Lethal Weapons Program, leads the DoD in the identification, evaluation, recommendation and development of non-lethal weapons to enable their employment across the range of military operations.
To address specific non-lethal capability requirements for U.S. forces operating in complex environments, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) proposed two Initial Capabilities Documents (ICDs) for non-lethal effects—one for counter-personnel effects and one for counter-materiel effects. The ICDs support the Services by identifying requirements for non-lethal effects based on force application needs for major combat operations and homeland defense. The DoD's Joint Requirements Oversight Council approved the ICDs in April 2009, authorizing the Services to use the documents as a basis for pursuing solutions to their identified non-lethal capability gaps.
The ICDs identify the below required military tasks for counter-materiel and counter-personnel non-lethal effects. The JNLWP is interested in new weapons and capabilities that can support these tasks, especially at extended ranges. Current capabilities are listed on the Current Non-Lethal Weapons webpage.
The Directorate also posts Broad Area Announcements for science and technology development and for demonstrations of next generation non-lethal weapons on the Business Opportunities webpage.
Initial Capabilities Documents
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