An Analysis of the Strategic Application of Non-Lethal Weapons to Provide Force Protection
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The working principles of the U.S. National Security Strategy are to shape the international environment, to respond to threats and crises, and to prepare for an uncertain future. The U.S. continues to respond to a variety of contingencies by using its military capability across the spectrum, including peace operations and humanitarian assistance. U.S. forces are manned, trained, equipped to deter and, if necessary, to fight and win conflicts when this nations vital interests are threatened. The application of lethal force is the ultimate option for the military element of power. However, some situations warrant options short of lethal force. This study analyzes one available option the application of non-lethal force to provide force protection. It will describe strategic, operational, and tactical applications of non-lethal weapons during past conflicts, and then preview non-lethal capabilities for the future, including challenges to their use. It concludes with recommendations for the use of non-lethal weapons in selected U.S. military operations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare