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Oct. 20, 2021

Marine Bangs Drum for Investing in Nonlethal Weapons

Enhancing “lethality” has become a buzzword at the Pentagon and a mantra among force modernizers as the U.S. military gears up for great power competition. But the Defense Department needs to invest more in nonlethal capabilities to expand the range of options for commanders and troops when killing people isn’t the best course of action, the director of the Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office said Oct. 20.

Sept. 23, 2021

Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities

Active Denial Technology (ADT) is a non-lethal, counterpersonnel, directed energy (DE) Intermediate Force Capability (IFC) that creates a heating sensation, quickly repelling potential adversaries. ADT provides the Joint Force with an option to stop, deter, and turn back suspicious individuals with minimal risk of injury or damage to critical infrastructure.

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].

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. 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.

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

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.

March 9, 2009

Air Force Conference Features Active Denial System

ATLANTA, Ga. – As the U.S. military continues to modernize its capabilities, non-lethal weapons are becoming increasingly important as an additional option to enable warfighters to accomplish their

Feb. 19, 2009

Non-Lethal Weapons: The Right Tools for the Job

QUANTICO, Va. – Non-lethal weapons, described by some as “smart power,” can help bridge the gap between hard and soft power.In a recent Foreign Affairs article, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Dec. 10, 2008

NATO Honors Non-Lethal Weapons Study

BUCHAREST, Romania – A study on the effectiveness of non-lethal weapons recently received a prestigious NATO award.The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) Research and Technology

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

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

June 21, 2006

Summit, CAPEX highlight EUCOM’s non-lethal alternatives

BOEBLINGEN, Germany – The U.S. European Command showcased its non-lethal weapons program during a summit and capabilities exercise held at area bases here, June 21.This year’s Summit and Capability