Report of an Independent Task Force

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  • Copyright: 2004-03-30
  • Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
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By providing an intermediate option between "don't shoot" and "shoot," the Task Force observes, nonlethal weapons (NLW) have enormous potential in the new military roles of modern combat. Wider integration of existing types of NLW into the U.S. Army and Marine Corps could have helped to reduce the damage done by widespread looting and sabotage after the cessation of major conflict in Iraq. This Independent Task Force report on Nonlethal Weapons and Capabilities finds that incorporating these and additional forms of nonlethal capabilities into the equipment, training, and doctrine of the armed services could substantially improve U.S. military effectiveness.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Executive Summaryp. 1
Task Force Reportp. 7
Positioning of Nonlethal Weapons in Current U.S. Capabilitiesp. 9
Changes in Politics, Security, and Technologyp. 10
Background on Nonlethal Weaponsp. 12
Current Administration of Nonlethal Weapons--Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directoratep. 14
An Expanded Nonlethal Weapons Programp. 19
Emerging Technologies and Unfulfilled Needsp. 25
Learning from Experiencep. 28
Caveats and Commentsp. 29
Chemical Nonlethal Weaponsp. 30
Findingsp. 32
Recommendationsp. 35
Additional or Dissenting Viewsp. 38
Task Force Membersp. 40
Task Force Observersp. 45
Appendixesp. 47
Currently Available (or Nearly Available) Nonlethal Weaponsp. 49
Three Iraqi Fablesp. 51
Chemical and Biological Nonlethal Weaponsp. 58
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