Non-Lethal Weapons and Evolving Fundamentals of 21st Century Warfare
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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In complex contingency operations of the twenty-first century, the battlespace is riddled with mission ambiguity, extreme conditions, and determined enemies deeply embedded within the local population. To help guide soldiers through today s multi-faceted mission areas, the joint staff has introduced emerging fundamentals of warfare which include end state, safeguarding the force, understanding, adaptability, and legitimacy. Non-lethal weapons are other vital tools available to the modern soldier, and bring with them a unique ability to bridge the distinct gap along the force application continuum. This research will demonstrate how selected Evolving Fundamentals of 21st Century Joint Warfare and Crisis Resolution apply exceedingly well to todays complex battlespace, how these fundamentals enable the operational-level employment of non-lethal weapons, and that lethal and nonlethal weapons, when used in a well planned and synchronized fashion, represent an essential tool in the operational commander s toolbox.
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