Should DOD Integrate Nonlethal and Lethal Weapons Program
MARINE CORPS WAR COLL QUANTICO VA
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Political forces, in this era of the CNN effect, require the military, when involved in contingencies, to use restraint and to avoid excessive destruction and collateral damage. Within a force continuum that ranges from show of force to lethal force, nonlethal weapons can fill a gap between these two extremes. These weapons can offer forces the ability to respond in situations where rules of engagement may limit lethal weapons. With this in mind, is it practical to employ two different types of weapons in conflict one nonlethal the other lethal The next question, does it make sense to combine both capabilities into one weapon This leads to the original question of integration. This paper will provide valid reasons why the two programs are separated. In some cases it makes sense to maintain separate stand-alone nonlethal and lethal weapons programs. This paper will also show that both joint and service visions support the concept of integration. However, there are challenges to overcome in order to realize this. By addressing these challenges and pursuing integration where appropriate, future forces will have more options on the battlefield.
- Defense Systems