In the News

June 4, 2019

Are Non-Lethal Laser Drones the New Stun Guns?

With a less-lethal weapon, there is always the risk that it might be bested by more-lethal means. Escalation and immediate response needs can lead to a shoot-first mentality, with less harmful tools kept as an alternative. But if those less-lethal tools are put on a robot, the danger suddenly shifts. Why not send a drone with a stun gun after a person with unknown armament? Worst comes to worst, it’s just another disabled robot.

May 23, 2019

Marines assess small business innovations during weeklong evaluation

From April 29 to May 3, the Small Business Innovation Research program at Marine Corps Systems Command hosted a Limited Military User Assessment and Engineering Technical Review at the Gruntworks Squad Integration Facility aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. The weeklong event enabled Marines to assess, demonstrate and provide feedback for promising SBIR prototype technologies from MCSC, Program Executive Officer Land Systems and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate.

May 22, 2019

Inspiring speakers, technologies welcome attendees to AFRL Inspire, Tech Expo

Seven people from Air Force Research Laboratory technology directorates across the country presented inspiring talks at the fourth AFRL Inspire event held May 16 at the Dayton Convention Center in front of more than 500 attendees.

May 21, 2019

Voice From the Community

Dr. Shannon Foley, Human Effects Scientist at the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate is highlighted in the May 2019 issues of Defense Systems Digest.

May 3, 2019

Air Force Research Laboratory completes successful shoot down of air-launched missiles

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) Program successfully completed a major program milestone April 23, 2019 with the successful surrogate laser weapon system shoot down of multiple air launched missiles in flight.

April 25, 2019

Ready, Aim, Fire: Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Lasers

The Defense Department's enduring mission is to provide combat-ready forces to deter war and protect the security of the United States. One of the ways DOD maintains the competitive edge of its troops is through a diverse system of research and development laboratories. DOD laboratories design new tools for cyber defense, evaluate new concepts for autonomous vehicles and advance military-critical technology in areas such as advanced computing, "big data" analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics, directed energy, hypersonics, and biotechnology.

April 24, 2019

AFRL scientists, engineers to highlight technology advancements at DOD Lab Day

Scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory will highlight technology advancements in 13 different research areas in various stages of maturity during the third biennial Department of Defense Lab Day April 25, 2019, in the Pentagon center courtyard.

April 6, 2019

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis holds a non-lethal weapons and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray training course

U.S. Navy Information Systems Technician Seaman Tyreke Jones, left, from St. Louis, participates in a non-lethal weapons and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray training course.

April 1, 2019

Unleash Directed-Energy Weapons

The era of U.S. technological dominance is over. Indeed, in many areas, including military technology, the gap has narrowed to parity or near-parity. Nations such as Russia and China, as well as countries to which these nations proliferate weapons, are deploying advanced weapons that demonstrate many of the same technological strengths that traditionally have provided a basis for U.S. advantage. In response, the Department of Defense initiated a “Third Offset Strategy” that sought to asymmetrically compensate for a disadvantaged position. Rather than competing head-to-head in an area where an adversary may possess significant strength, an offset strategy seeks to shift the axis of competition, through the introduction of new operational concepts and technologies, toward one in which the United States has a significant and sustainable advantage.

March 20, 2019

Africa Command Disputes Civilian Casualty Allegations

U.S. Africa Command disputes an Amnesty International report alleging that the command is responsible for civilian casualties in Somalia.

March 19, 2019

Oregon Air National Guard Security Forces participate in Patriot South exercise

The 2019 Patriot South exercise kicked off when Air and Army National Guard units from across the nation converged on Savannah, Georgia for a simulated natural disaster recovery and response exercise, March 1.

March 12, 2019

NATO launches innovation challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs

Addressing the dangers of electromagnetic pulse to our societies and militaries is the topic of this year’s first NATO Innovation Challenge. The competition aims to tap into the minds of innovative people and teams to find new, creative and efficient ways for NATO to respond to security challenges and potential crises.

March 11, 2019

Marines’ Anti-Drone Defense System Moving Towards Testing, Fielding Decision by End of Year

The Marine Corps’ counter-drone defense system is transitioning from an urgent operational need (UON) to a formal program of record, but the program is trying to retain its speed and agility as it moves into testing and fielding.

Feb. 22, 2019

Fort Campbell’s 716th Military Police Battalion Peacekeepers Train to Keep the Peace

Although every Soldier goes to Basic and AIT, not every Soldier’s training includes exposure to TASER and pepper spray. This month, Soldiers from Fort Campbell’s 716th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade did just that as part of their Law Enforcement Training Seminar, commonly referred to as LETS.

Jan. 22, 2019

704th Test Group successfully leads Directed Energy Experimentation Campaign

The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, tasked the 704th TG Directed Energy Combined Task Force at Kirtland Air Force Base to execute the DE Experimentation Campaign. The task force is an operating unit of Arnold Engineering Development Complex, which is headquartered at Arnold AFB, Tennessee. The Directed Energy Combined Task Force was developed after the secretary of the Air Force signed the Air Force Directed Energy Weapons Flight Plan, charting a course to transition DE weapons to operational users. Part of the flight plan, headed by the SDPE office, is to execute the DE Experimentation Campaign.

Nov. 20, 2018

Taking aim at non-lethal tactics

Members of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program conducted a demonstration of various munitions at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Nov. 8, 2018.

Nov. 15, 2018

Use of Force: RAF Mildenhall Defenders ensure effective security response

The 100th Security Force Squadron Defenders and augmentees are required to make split-second decisions when approached aggressively, and determine the level of self-defense in order to make a “bad guy” compliant. “Use of Force training is definitely important when a security forces member must defend themselves, and having the justification as to why they used that level of force,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony Bruner, 100th Security Force Squadron trainer.

Oct. 4, 2018

Small businesses demonstrate military technologies; interact with end users during annual Tech Warrior event

Thirty-nine small businesses participated in Operation Tech Warrior, a 10-day, 24-hour immersion event hosted by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The National Center for Medical Readiness hosted this annual event in Fairborn, Ohio from Sept. 18-28. Under contract with the Small Business Innovative Research Office, the NCMR transformed itself into a fully functional deployment environment. Tech Warrior participants stayed on site in bare base conditions and received intense training in field, mobility and combat skills over a span of nearly two weeks.

Sept. 18, 2018

Getting Beyond Door Kicking: Four Tasks for Urban Warriors

Large numbers of civilians, while not a training task, are a characteristic of urban operations. They will almost always be present and should be a part of every training scenario. Some trainers will argue that the presence of civilians on the battlefield is a condition that should only be added after achieving proficiency in urban warfighting basics. I argue that civilians should be a consideration at the lowest level of urban training and not reserved for scenarios of increased complexity. Despite attempts to empty cities of their residents, as in the battles for Aachen and Fallujah, there are always people that stay. The urban battlefield will be full of civilians and soldiers should confront the challenge they pose to combat operations early in their training. This can be accomplished with little resources. It does not require costly role-playing contractors. We use soldiers to act as the opposing force, and they can just as easily play noncombatants.

Sept. 13, 2018

716th Military Police Battalion: Military police officers train to keep Fort Campbell safe

LETS, a three-week course, incorporates classroom and hands-on training. Classroom instruction includes effective techniques on how to conduct routine and high-risk traffic stops, standard field sobriety tests, access control point operations, RADAR/LIDAR training, non-lethal weapons training, as well as review of the laws and regulations for Fort Campbell.