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March 17, 2017

How to Shock the Commander

The training that SFS members go through to use a taser includes a class and written test. They have to view people getting tased, but can choose not to be tased themselves. McDonald is one of two SFS members to attend the Inter-service Nonlethal Individual Weapons Instructor Course. The INIWIC qualifies individuals to teach less-lethal tactics to others and requires recertification every two years for taser qualification.

March 2, 2017

Picatinny engineers granted patent for Indirect Fire Munition Non-Lethal Cargo Carrier Mortar

Picatinny Arsenal engineers Michael Markowitch, Francesco Rizzi, Bryan Drake, Jason Surmanek, Samuel Perez, Raymond Trohanowsky, Wooje Na, and Piotr Czerechowski were granted US Patent No 9528802 B1 for Indirect Fire Munition (IDFM) Non-Lethal Cargo Carrier Mortar on Dec. 27, 2016.

Feb. 21, 2017

50 SFS Conducts Taser Training [Photo]

Airman 1st Class Sandra Zavalza is incapacitated as Staff Sgt. James Porter and Master Sgt. Michael Denenarro support her during a TASER demonstration training at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. All three Airmen 50th Security Forces Squadron defenders participated in the training to familiarize themselves with its effects.

Feb. 14, 2017

Cobra Gold 2017 Officially Kicks Off In Thailand

Multi-National Forces from 29 nations were in attendance during the official opening ceremony of the largest Theater Security Cooperation exercise in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Cobra Gold 2017, held at Sattahip, Thailand on February 14th.

Feb. 14, 2017

To the Face

Marines from 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, Charlie Battery, the non-lethal weapons company for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted training on Camp Pendleton, Feb. 14, 2017, to sharpen their skills in a variety of non-lethal weapons tactics they would use to stabilize hostile situations.

Feb. 10, 2017

BSRF 17.1 conducts Non-Lethal Weapons training [Photo]

A U.S. Marine with Black Sea Rotation Force 17.1 endures oleoresin capsicum (OC) contamination during non-lethal weapons training aboard Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on Feb. 10, 2017.

Jan. 31, 2017

Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor Course

NLW Training for Base Security.

Jan. 24, 2017

Ready to defend

Security Forces defenders put their use of force knowledge and less-lethal weapons training to the test in the “shoot house,” a portion of a warehouse set up for tactical training, where they were given various scenarios and had to decide what level of force, if any, to apply.

Jan. 16, 2017

Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor Course

Students with the Non-Lethal weapons Instructor Course form a shield formation on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Japanese security guards complete a week long Non-Lethal

Jan. 7, 2017

Marines complete non-lethal weapons course

U.S. Marines assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa learned how to employ non-lethal weapon systems at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy.

Dec. 15, 2016

Non-Lethal Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict: Minimizing Civilian Casualties on the Battlefield

There have been tens of thousands of civilian casualties in the post-September 11th, 2003 invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these deaths have been a result of enemy action,2 but despite exercising reasonable precautions, and with a command focus on reducing civilian casualties,3 civilian deaths have occurred as a direct result of U.S. combat operations.

Dec. 15, 2016

Advancing through experience – 131st MP Co. deploys to GITMO

Soldiers assigned to the 131st Military Police Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, deployed to Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba.

Dec. 2, 2016

OC, OC, OC! | Marines endure non-lethal weapons training

SPMAGTF-CR-AF Marines conducted non-lethal training at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, Dec. 2, 2016. During the week-long course, Marines endured taser training, mechanical arm control holds, OC exposure and riot control techniques.

Nov. 18, 2016

Shield Line: 3/6 learns riot control

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a non-lethal weapons course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 18, 2016.

Nov. 17, 2016

Wyo. Guard soldiers train as peace officers

The NGRF is trained to deploy quickly and has six validated missions: site security; presence patrol (show of force); establishment of road blocks and check points; control of civil disturbance; weapons of mass destruction civil support team force protection and security (being able to operate in a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive environment); and assisting in protection of selected sites in support of a lead agency.

Nov. 7, 2016

Louisiana National Guard play essential role in USAEUR training

The Kosovo Forces 22 mission rehearsal exercise is designed to prepare the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with their attached Regular Army and multinational units, for peace support, stability, and contingency operations in Kosovo in support of civil authorities to maintain a safe and secure environment.

Nov. 6, 2016

Soldiers put their skills to the test during culminating exercise

There was a riot in one of the villages. The Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, had spent the past few weeks preparing for just such an event and now their skills would be put to the test.

Oct. 13, 2016

Non-lethal weapons: new technologies to preserve lives

New complex situations with fighters operating among civilians are challenging conventional warfare and require new responsive technologies. NATO sponsored a Non-Lethal Technology Exercise organised

Oct. 12, 2016

Tasing student instructors part of DOD nonlethal weapons course at Fort Leonard Wood

The students gather around in anticipation of what they are going to see, and eventually feel.After a brief countdown, the instructor pulls the trigger. There is a distinct "pop" and, in less time