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June 19, 2018

National Guard provides unimagined opportunities during Platinum Wolf 18

Military service is a tradition in her family, so it was no surprise when Ohio Army National Guard Spc. Cheyanna Porter enlisted in the spring of 2015 and completed basic training during the summer

Jan. 24, 2018

Non-lethal weapons on display at MacDill AFB range

Joint service military personnel from U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) had the opportunity to fire non-lethal weapons (NLW) at the MacDill Air force Base (AFB) firing range during a familiarization

Sept. 26, 2017

Air Force releases call to industry for directed energy experimentation as part of Flight Plan

The Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office recently released a request for information to industry as part of market research analyses in support of an upcoming experimentation

May 3, 2017

Lawmakers Say It’s Time For Navy To Field New Unmanned Systems, Energy Weapons

Lawmakers are happy with the Navy’s progress developing unmanned systems and directed energy weapons but would like to see more effort operationalizing and fielding these technologies, the chairman

April 18, 2017

Containing the riot: Japanese grunts receive non lethal weapons training

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – Protesters yell and chant, while a riot control platoon comes rolling in like Thor, the Norse god of thunder. The protesters began to charge, but the platoon

April 18, 2017

Soldiers use laser system to destroy drone during exercise

An experimental system on a Stryker destroyed a drone without firing a bullet or making a sound, the Army reports.

March 2, 2017

Picatinny engineers granted patent for Indirect Fire Munition Non-Lethal Cargo Carrier Mortar

Picatinny Arsenal engineers Michael Markowitch, Francesco Rizzi, Bryan Drake, Jason Surmanek, Samuel Perez, Raymond Trohanowsky, Wooje Na, and Piotr Czerechowski were granted US Patent No 9528802 B1 for Indirect Fire Munition (IDFM) Non-Lethal Cargo Carrier Mortar on Dec. 27, 2016.

Dec. 15, 2016

Non-Lethal Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict: Minimizing Civilian Casualties on the Battlefield

There have been tens of thousands of civilian casualties in the post-September 11th, 2003 invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these deaths have been a result of enemy action,2 but despite exercising reasonable precautions, and with a command focus on reducing civilian casualties,3 civilian deaths have occurred as a direct result of U.S. combat operations.

Oct. 12, 2016

ARDEC engineers develop Solid State Active Denial Technology for non-lethal crowd control

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are developing technology for non-lethal crowd control designed to help protect Soldiers while minimizing collateral damage and preventing any permanent physical

July 12, 2015

Security forces train for confrontation management

Members of the 179th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio, participated in their first Confrontation Management exercise July 11, 2015. Security Forces airmen learned the basics of

May 5, 2015

Flash-Bang Mortars: Nonlethal stun grenades in development could enable troops to counter insurgent attacks without risking civilian casualties

In today’s complex fighting environment, insurgents are known to shoot mortars from inside highly populated civilian areas. U.S. troops are unable to fire back without risking the lives of innocent

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

March 31, 2015

2/6 Marines complete riot-control training

“Shields!” shouts the platoon leader.The formation shifts as all shields and batons come up to the ready position.“Move!” He shouts again.In the early morning, an overcast sky bore down on the 68

March 26, 2015

2/6 Marines learn riot-control techniques with non-lethal weapons

Infantrymen with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and artillerymen with Echo Battery, 2/6, trained with non-lethal weapons aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on

March 25, 2015

Expeditionary Operations: Marines teach non-lethal tactics

The sun is beating down on a large, open field of grass and tangled weeds. Short, deafening blasts cut through the sounds of M203 and M32 grenade launchers firing. Marines charge towards enemy forces

Feb. 17, 2015

7th Marines conduct embassy reinforcement training

LOS ALAMITOS RESERVE CENTER AND AIR STATION, Calif. – Marines with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted embassy reinforcement training on Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos,

Jan. 22, 2015

SECNAV Establishes Task Force Innovation

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced the establishment of Task Force Innovation (TFI) within the Department of the Navy Jan. 22.Consisting of subject matter experts from across the

Dec. 29, 2014

Shoulder to Shoulder: Marines amplify nonlethal capabilities

CAMP HANSEN, Japan – A formation of Marines, nine wide, marches down the noisy streets of the Central Training Area equipped with riot shields, batons and protective gear. The objective is to reach

Dec. 22, 2014

Three non-lethal weapon systems are demonstrated aboard Camp Pendleton during Exercise Valiant Mark

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Three Marines stood side by side in anticipation of what was about to hit only one of them. Before he could even decide, the middle man, 1st Lt. David Deal, rushed to the side

Dec. 10, 2014

U.S. Marines, French Gendarmes conduct crowd and riot control training

MORÓN AIR BASE, Spain – Molotov cocktails explode and tear gas fill the streets as U.S. Marines from SPMAGTF Crisis Response – Africa and French gendarmes with Mobile Gendarmerie Armored Group try to