In the News

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.

Sept. 7, 2018

USTRANSCOM hosts non-lethal weapons training

The United Stated Transportation Command hosted their fifth Non-lethal Weapons Familiarization event Aug. 30, 2018, at the Illinois National Guard Training Area in Sparta, Illinois.

Aug. 15, 2018

New Vehicle Stopper Trials Underway at Tinker Air Force Base

When activated, PEVS can slow or arrest a vehicle’s momentum, allowing base defenders to better determine the intent of vehicle drivers before using lethal force by expanding decision time and

Aug. 9, 2018

MacDill’s augmentees: essential for defense

In an emergency or contingency situation that requires a surge in manpower, MacDill turns to augmentees for additional support. “The 6th Air Mobility Wing augmentee duty (AD) program is designed to identify, place, and train a pool of individuals to temporarily augment 6th AMW squadrons and agencies that will be short of required manpower during exercises, contingencies, wartime, or emergency situations,” said Lt. Col. Brandon Leifer, the 6th Air Mobility Wing AD program manager.

Dec. 15, 2009

Light and Sound Experiments Show Non-Lethal Applications

DAHLGREN, Va. – The Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) recently sponsored combined non-lethal light and sound human effects and military utility experiments. The Directed

Dec. 15, 2009

Researchers Test Non-Lethal Laser Windshield Obscuration Technology

DAHLGREN, Va. – The Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) is working to meet warfighter needs by developing technologies to fill identified capability gaps. One of the

Dec. 15, 2009

Improved Flash-Bang Grenade Team Wins Air Force Science Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – As part of the Department of Defense effort to outfit warfighters with non-lethal escalation-of-force capabilities, a U.S. Air Force team has been studying the human effects

Dec. 15, 2009

Chris Csanadi Deckard Wins Award for Non-Lethal Work

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A senior scientist and program manager who supports the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program recently won an award for her work, which includes non-lethal

Dec. 11, 2009

Laser Bioeffects Research a Dazzling SBIR Success

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A research team from Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing recently completed the first-ever documentation of a phenomena imparting key

Dec. 10, 2009

Researchers Demonstrate Improved ADS Beam

DAHLGREN, Va. – The Active Denial System (ADS), a developmental directed energy, counter-personnel weapon, has the potential to provide an important new escalation-of-force capability to U.S.

Dec. 1, 2009

Texas Guard deploys non-lethal weapons

McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. – Guardsmen from the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team felt the effects of thousands of volts throughout their body as they were tased during detainee operations training here.

Nov. 25, 2009

First Marines to test EOF module equipment

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Many Marines may not find it difficult to utilize deadly force in serious conditions, but when the circumstances call for something less permanent, Marines will be prepared to

Nov. 15, 2009

7th Iraqi Army Division leads advances in riot control

CAMP MEJID, Iraq – In an instant, an assembly of hostile pedestrians can flood the streets of a city with one mission — to make their point known through force. Small business owners' livelihoods can

Oct. 30, 2009

Conference and Capabilities Exercise 2009 Features Non-Lethal Capabilities

STUTTGART, Germany – The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) is increasing awareness of non-lethal weapons (NLWs) throughout the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)

Sept. 14, 2009

United States May Join NATO’s Non-Lethal Weapons Defence Against Terrorism Initiative

QUANTICO, Va. – International Security Assistance Force, the NATO command in Afghanistan, is looking to increase its non-lethal capabilities. In response to a direct ISAF request for non-lethal

Sept. 14, 2009

Non-Lethal Thermal Laser Prototype Evaluated

QUANTICO, Va. – As the U.S. military works to develop additional escalation-of-force options for warfighters, many directed-energy technologies are emerging as promising solutions to address