Nonlethal and Nondestructive Combat in Cities Overseas
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIV
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The report examines nonlethal and nondestructive weapons--both present and potential--for their applicability to military operations in cities overseas. Classes of criteria for evaluation are suggested, and the suitability of various weapons concepts for various kinds of urban operations and missions is considered. The potential nonlethal mechanisms that come under scrutiny include, among others radiant heating, stabbing and cutting weapons, sound, wind, vortices, animals, plants, manipulation of utilities, light, sticky materials, nets and snares, impact weapons, electrical weapons, and markers. Chemical agents are judged to be uniquely applicable to almost all urban operational missions. The paper concludes that there is a clear need to minimize destruction and fatalities in many of the overseas urban operations in which the United States may become involved.
- Unconventional Warfare