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Nov. 8, 2017

Directed energy weapons research a new frontier for Air Force Medicine

On the battlefield of tomorrow, bullets and bombs will not be the only threat to U.S. military personnel. The rise of directed energy weapons is creating a need to understand the medical effects of

May 11, 2015

Army uses Hollywood technique to test Soldier-equipment interactions

The Army is using a Vicon-infrared, marker-tracking system to capture performance data of Soldiers using experimental weapons or equipment, John Riedener said.It is the same technique Hollywood uses

April 20, 2015

Developing Non-Lethal Weapons: The Human Effects Characterization Process

Armed only with lethal force, and facing vehicles that didn’t stop, U.S. warfighters manning a checkpoint in Iraq were left with a difficult choice—engagement with lethal force against an unknown

Nov. 26, 2014

Provost Marshal’s Office begins carrying Tasers

Marine Corps Base Quantico – “Taser! Taser!” That is the warning I heard immediately before I was shocked with 50,000 volts of electricity and momentarily incapacitated. I had volunteered to be Tased

Nov. 13, 2014

Research laboratory honors top scientists, engineers

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) – Air Force Research Laboratory honored 12 outstanding scientists and engineers at the 2014 AFRL Fellows and Early Career Awards Banquet recently for their

Aug. 27, 2014

Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate receives Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate received the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, its fifth AFOE award since 1997.Bringing "Speed

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. 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

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

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 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

March 9, 2009

Improved Flash-Bang Grenade Team Wins Technology Transition Award

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The U.S. Air Force team researching the human effects characterization of the improved flash-bang grenade recently won the David M. Clark Technology Transition Award for 2008. The

Dec. 29, 2008

Picatinny lab dazzles participants with non-lethal studies

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – How could Soldiers determine if suspicious vehicles contain innocent civilians or dangerous insurgents? Are there ways to suppress an insurgent from opening fire on Soldiers

Aug. 29, 2008

Active Denial System Demonstrates Capabilities at CENTCOM

TAMPA, Fla. – CENTCOM Deputy Commander Major General John Allen and other senior officials received an in-depth briefing on the non-lethal Active Denial System (ADS) Aug. 7, 2008, at CENTCOM

May 23, 2008

Marines receive laser safety training

AT-TAQADDUM, Iraq – More than 30 service members received a three-hour crash course on laser weapon systems May 16, designed to give them enough information to instruct others in their units on basic

Jan. 26, 2007

DoD Shows Off Non-lethal Energy Weapon

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department this week unveiled its first non-lethal, counterpersonnel, directed-energy weapon. The Active Denial System works by emitting a directed beam of millimeter wave