Accession Number:

ADA341112

Title:

The Strategic Implications of the Use of Nonlethal Force.

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-04-15

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

The national defense strategy of the United States is based on the premises of shaping the environment, responding to existing threats and preparing for the future. Nonlethal technologies can influence all these requirements. Like most nations, America uses its diplomatic, informational, military and economic resources to affect national policy. Nonlethal technologies can impact all the elements of national power, not just the military ones. This paper will examine emerging nonlethal technologies as well as those currently available. It examines the moral and legal implications of using nonlethal weapons, as well as potential conflicts with existing American treaties. It will examine the issue of nonlethal weapons changing the essence of military force. Finally, it will address the question of the long term uses these instruments will have in U.S. national policy.

Subject Categories:

  • Defense Systems
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE