Operational Planning Considerations for the Use of Riot Control Agents in Military Operations Other Than War
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Operational planners must be knowledgeable of key treaties that influence the legality of riot control agents, including the Geneva Gas Protocol, the Biological Weapons Convention, and the Chemical Weapons Convention. Ideally, they would also understand the spirit behind these treaties, and be sensitive to discrepancies between various nations and organizations in their interpretations of these treaties. Perhaps the best guidance for determining if riot control agents are appropriate for Military Operations Other Than War MOOTW are the six principles of MOOTW themselves objective, unity of effort, security, restraint, perseverance, and legitimacy. While operational planners must stay within the boundaries outlined by international law and current policies, the principles of MOOTW are useful guidelines for exposing political, cultural, and social issues that are vital to mission accomplishment.
- Sociology and Law
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Unconventional Warfare