NLW Requirements Fact Sheet FINAL Oct 09

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					                                        Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program

                                  Non-Lethal Weapons
                                      Fact Sheet
          The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program is seeking new, innovative
                  solutions for identified non-lethal capability gaps.

The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, on behalf
of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, who serves
as the Executive Agent for the Department of
Defense (DoD) Non-Lethal Weapons Program, leads
the DoD in the identification, evaluation,
recommendation and development of non-lethal
weapons to enable their employment across the range
of military operations.
                                                                This non-lethal optical distracter addresses
To address specific non-lethal capability                            several counter-personnel tasks.
requirements for U.S. forces operating in complex                  Official Department of Defense Photo
environments, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons
Program (JNLWP) proposed two Initial Capabilities          The ICDs identify the below required military tasks
Documents (ICDs) for non-lethal effects—one for            for counter-materiel and counter-personnel non-lethal
counter-personnel effects and one for counter-             effects. The JNLWP is interested in new weapons and
materiel effects. The ICDs support the Services by         capabilities that can support these tasks, especially at
identifying requirements for non-lethal effects based      extended ranges. Current capabilities appear at
on force application needs for major combat      
operations and homeland defense. The DoD’s Joint
Requirements Oversight Council approved the ICDs           The Directorate also posts Broad Area Announcements
in April 2009, authorizing the Services to use the         for science and technology development and for
documents as a basis for pursuing solutions to their       demonstrations of next generation non-lethal weapons
identified non-lethal capability gaps.                     at

              Counter-Personnel Tasks                                  Counter-Materiel Tasks
 • Deny access into/out of an area to individuals       • Stop small vehicle
 (open/confined) (single/few/many)                      • Stop medium vehicle
 • Disable individuals (open/confined)                  • Stop large vehicle
 (single/few/many)                                      • Disable vehicle/many vehicles
 • Move individuals through an area (open/confined)     • Stop small vessel
                                                        • Stop large vessel
 • Suppress individuals (open/confined)
 (single/few/many)                                      • Disable vessel/many vessels
                                                        • Stop fixed-wing aircraft on the ground
                                                        • Disable aircraft on the ground
                                                        • Divert aircraft in the air
                                                        • Deny access to facility (i.e., block points of entry)
               Non-Lethal Weapons Requirements
Terms and Definitions                                     Move: To go or pass to another place or in a
                                                          certain direction with a continuous motion.
Confined space: An area of varying dimensions/            Non-lethal weapons: Weapons, devices and
size that has limited or restricted avenues to enter,     munitions that are explicitly designed and
egress or evade engagement.                               primarily employed to incapacitate targeted
Counter-materiel: Directed effects against materiel       personnel or materiel immediately, while
(vehicles, vessels, aircraft, buildings, facilities,      minimizing fatalities, permanent injury to
structures, weapon systems, ammunition and                personnel and undesired damage to property in
weapons of mass destruction, etc.). Note: Non-lethal      the target area or environment. Non-lethal weapons
counter-materiel effects must remain non-lethal to        are intended to have reversible effects on personnel
personnel.                                                or materiel.
Counter-personnel: Directed effects against               Open space: Any area large enough to allow a
individual(s) that will not result in permanent injury.   target, relative to its size, unlimited avenues to
Deny: An action to hinder or prevent the use of           enter, egress or evade engagement (e.g., fields,
space, personnel or facilities.                           rural roads, desert, etc.).
Disable: To render ineffective or unable to perform.      Single: Consists of one target.
Divert: To turn aside from a course or direction.         Small vehicles: Four-wheeled cargo vans and
Facility: A real property entity consisting of one or     smaller.
more of the following: a building, a structure, a         Small vessels: Vessels equal to and less than 100
utility system, pavement and underlying land.             feet in length.
Few: Consists of two to seven targets.                    Stop: 1) To hinder or prevent the passage of. 2) To
Large vehicles: Semi-trailers, both boxed and bulk        make impassable: choke, obstruct. 3) To cause to
cargo.                                                    give up or change a course of action; to keep from
Large vessels: Vessels more than 100 feet long.           carrying out a proposed action: restrain, prevent.
Many: Consists of seven or more targets.                  4) To cause to cease: check, suppress.
Medium vehicles: Small box vans up to and                 Suppress: To degrade the ability of an
including water/fuel trucks.                              individual(s) to take specified action.

       Non-lethal weapons provide warfighters with escalation-of-force options
                   that minimize casualties and collateral damage.

   For further information, visit or contact the JNLWD at 703-432-0905 :: October 2009
   For further information, visit or contact the JNLWD at 703-432-0905 :: October 2009

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