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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·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

June 13, 2009

Cultural barriers crumble during SHARED ACCORD 2009

BEMBEREKE, Benin – Cultural barriers came crumbling down as Marines and Beninese soldiers took part in a joint training exercise that started as an awkward meeting of strangers and ended with the

June 9, 2009

Taze Me Bro

Sioux City, Iowa – It was definitely not another boring day in the classroom for law enforcement at the 185th Air Refueling Wing as local area law enforcement officers and security police personnel

May 20, 2009

Congressional Staffers Learn about Non-Lethal Weapons

QUANTICO, Va. – The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) participated in Marine Day at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va., on May 1, giving more than 350 Congressional staff members the opportunity

May 15, 2009

Airburst Non-Lethal Munition Reaches Milestone B

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – On March 30, the U.S. Army Program Executive Officer for Soldier Weapons approved the Milestone B decision for the Airburst Non-Lethal Munition (ANLM). This decision moves

May 11, 2009

Field, NLW training blossoms camaraderie between US, Moroccan forces

TIFNIT, Morocco – About 36 military policemen from Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion, 4th Marine Division, participated in non-lethal weapons training and weapons familiarization fires

April 21, 2009

Crowd and Riot: Controlling the Crowd Before It Controls You

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – A young man, no more than 21 years old, sits on a packed bus knowing that he is about to participate in a riot. He doesn't know how the day is going to turn out; all he knows

April 15, 2009

New Zealand Defense Force Officers Learn about Non-Lethal Capabilities in the Escalation of Force

QUANTICO, Va. – Officers from the New Zealand Defense Force paid a visit to the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate in Quantico, Va., on April 6, to learn more about non-lethal weapons capabilities.

April 3, 2009

Marines complete training with tears of different kind

OKINAWA, Japan – With tears in their eyes, snot running down their faces and adrenaline pumping through their veins, Marines from the III Marine Expeditionary Force completed the last part of