In the News

April 28, 2017

MCESG Non-Lethal training

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Louis H. Flores, left, instructor advisor with Marine Corps Embassy Security Group sprays a student during oleoresin capsicum spray training at Weapons Training Battalion,

April 22, 2017

Stronger Together than Apart

A safe, stable and secure Africa is in the best interest of the United States and its allied countries. In effort to elevate and strengthen military forces and relationships, Exercise African Lion 17 (AL), held in Morocco, was created to establish our commitment to African security and peace support operations.

April 18, 2017

Soldiers use laser system to destroy drone during exercise

An experimental system on a Stryker destroyed a drone without firing a bullet or making a sound, the Army reports.

April 18, 2017

Containing the riot: Japanese grunts receive non lethal weapons training

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – Protesters yell and chant, while a riot control platoon comes rolling in like Thor, the Norse god of thunder. The protesters began to charge, but the platoon

April 15, 2017

US Marines, Sailors train with Papua New Guinea Defense Force in preparation for APEC 2018

U.S. Marines and Sailors embarked aboard USS Comstock arrived in Port Moresby, April 15, 2017, for a Theater Security Cooperation engagement with the Papua New Guinea Defense Force.

April 3, 2017

Sponsored research funding is a win-win for both AFIT students and the sponsors

One notable contribution from the results of sponsored research projects is development of physics-based models for directed energy systems with emphasis on atmospheric propagation effects. AFIT’s Center for Directed Energy assists a number of DoD programs for directed energy weapons development to effectively utilize the models.

March 22, 2017

AFRICOM science advisors focus on solving warfighter challenges

AFRICOM's Science, Technology & Innovation office leads and manages the acceleration of capability development through activities that support the Command's vision, strategy, campaign plans, operations and exercises.

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

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. 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. 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

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. 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.