In the News

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

Sept. 14, 2009

NATO Begins Non-Lethal Weapons Capabilities-Based Assessment

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – For the past decade, NATO has recognized the importance of non-lethal capabilities and has taken steps to outfit NATO troops with escalation-of-force options. NATO's latest

Sept. 14, 2009

TRANSCOM Exercises Assess Non-Lethal Capability Gaps

SUNNY POINT, N.C., and CONCORD, Calif. – U.S. Transportation Command is making efforts to incorporate non-lethal capabilities into its operations. As one of its main responsibilities, the command

Sept. 14, 2009

Marine Corps' Top Leadership Visits the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate

QUANTICO, Va. – General James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps and Executive Agent for the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program, and Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent, Sergeant Major of

Aug. 27, 2009

Non-Lethal Weapons Capabilties Highlighted During Exercise

STUTTGART, Germany – Personnel from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command demonstrated the growing importance and capabilities of non-lethal weapons (NLW) during a two-day conference and

Aug. 15, 2009

Optical Distracters Give Warfighters Escalation-of-Force Options

QUANTICO, Va. – As U.S. troops overseas continue to face the daily challenges of irregular warfare, non-lethal optical distracters are providing critical escalation-of-force options in situations

July 15, 2009

SHARED ACCORD 2009 Shows U.S. Marines, Beninese Soldiers Advantages of Non-Lethal Capabilities

BEMBEREKE, Benin –shared (shârd): adj. – 1. Held or experienced in common. 2. Related to another or others.ac·cord (a-kôrd): n. – 1. Agreement; harmony. 2. A formal agreement between groups or

July 7, 2009

Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate Gets New Director

QUANTICO, Va. – Colonel Tracy J. Tafolla assumed duties as Director of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) on July 7 during a Change of Directorship and Retirement Ceremony for outgoing

July 6, 2009

Nonlethal Capabilities Provide Alternative to Deadly Force

WASHINGTON – When shouting isn’t enough to stop someone who poses a threat, nonlethal weapons provide an alternative to lethal force. “Nonlethal weapons give warfighters crucial escalation-of-force