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Jan. 20, 2022

Defense Research and Engineering Explores Joint Experimentation

A pair of classified efforts in FY23 will aim to develop and push prototypes into rapid experimentation to fill a joint operational capability gap. These are part of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s (USD [R&E’s]) Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve, or RADER, activity. It is designed to conduct a campaign of joint experimentation, explains Heidi Shyu, the USD (R&E).

May 12, 2021

NSWC Carderock inventors patent Device for Non-Lethal Stoppage of Water Jet Propelled Craft

The problem they tried solving was how to stop a personal watercraft, such as a Jet Ski, in a non-lethal manner. “There’s a lot of reasons you might want to stop one — it could be something that could be headed toward a naval asset, they could be drug-running and could be getting away,” Bretall said. “The simplest conventional way, of course, is to use kinetics and artillery, but that’s only appropriate in some situations … there’s a lot of reasons you might want to stop a Jet Ski non-lethally.”

April 22, 2021

Brief History of the Evolutions of Counter-Personnel Non-Lethal Weapons

Over the past 50+ years, a number of terms (e.g., non-lethal, less-lethal, less-than-lethal, sublethal) [1] have been used to describe weapons that are intended to incapacitate targeted personnel or materiel immediately while minimizing fatalities or permanent injury to personnel [2]. However, it has been acknowledged that no weapon can be entirely non-lethal, as discussed in a 1972 published report to the National Science Foundation (NSF) regarding non-lethal weapons (NLW) for law enforcement [3].

Dec. 17, 2020

Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Release Maritime Strategy

The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard released a new tri-Service maritime strategy December 17, entitled Advantage at Sea. The document provides strategic guidance on how the sea services will prevail in day-to-day competition, crisis and conflict over the next decade. It also directs the services to deepen tri-service integration, aggressively pursue force modernization, and continue robust cooperation with allies and partners.

Oct. 15, 2019

Non-Lethal Weapons? Will Marines ever use this capability?

I used to believe that a question had an obvious answer. The United States military is the world’s most feared and lethal fighting force with the Marines being among the most aggressive warriors within that force. Beyond crowd control during peacekeeping in lieu of (ILO) operations, considering the tactical employability of non-lethal weapons (NLW) as a young combat arms officer seemed irrelevant and impractical. As a tank officer, and more recently as an acquisitions program manager, I spent the majority of my career enhancing the lethality of the Corps. Given the importance of strengthening warfighting capabilities with limited time and resources, the significance of NLW, even for kinetic and potentially lethal operations, was not immediately intuitive. However, once I moved beyond conceptualizing NLW as essential equipment for only Marine Security Guards and military police, it did not take long for me to understand their utility, relevance, and importance across the spectrum of conflict.

Oct. 2, 2019

Navy, Marines express interest in ‘stackable’ modular offensive grenades for the future

The Crane, Ind.-based Naval Surface Warfare Center issued a request for information about the modular grenades last month, along with several other early-stage procurement notices about several flash-bang grenade variants. The Marine Corps also has expressed interest in the stacking grenades. The notices come as the military looks to expand its nonlethal-weapons capabilities for a complex, modern battlefield, where troops might encounter more low-intensity conflict scenarios or situations in which civilians and enemy combatants are intermixed.

Aug. 24, 2019

Pentagon’s Non-Lethal Weapons Office Pushing Gray-Zone Warfare Tools

The Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate is hoping to reframe the talk about non-lethal weapons amid a push by the Defense Department to boost lethality for high-end warfare. The office’s director, Marine Corps Col. Wendell Leimbach, instead wants to talk about capability gaps in an era of gray zone warfare with Russia and China and where “intermediate force capabilities” – an umbrella term that also includes non-lethal weapons – would give American forces a better chance to compete.

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

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

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 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

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

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.