It is Called a Weapon for a Reason: The Need for Non-Lethal Weapon Specific Rules of Engagement
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Since the 1960s non-lethal weapon NLW technology has continued to grow and be slowly incorporated into the U.S. military arsenal. With further advances in technology more NLWs will enter the battle space. The variety of missions assigned to U.S. forces that are more suitable for NLWs has also increased. The need for operational planners to understand the capabilities and limitations of these weapons is paramount in developing sound and effective rules of engagement ROE for deployed troops. Troops must be trained on NLW specific ROE and those ROE must be continually evaluated to ensure their applicability to current conditions in the area of operations. Failing to provide NLW specific ROE can limit or prevent their use by deployed forces and lead to unnecessary casualties. The ROE for NLWs must also provide a seamless transition from non-lethal to lethal fires to ensure the safety of troops when required.
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