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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.

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