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Nonlethal suppression: from basic science to operationally relevant experimentation
Author(s): Richard J. Servatius; Kevin D. Beck
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Paper Abstract

Use of force justification, second nature to law enforcement personnel, is increasingly considered by military personnel especially in military operations on urban terrain (MOUT) scenarios. In these situations, military and civilian law enforcement objectives are similar: exert control over individuals and groups with minimum force. Although the list of potential devices and systems grow, empirical demonstrations of effectiveness are lacking. Here, a position is presented regarding approaches to experimental analysis of nonlethal (a.k.a., less-than-lethal and less lethal) technologies and solutions. Appreciation of the concepts of suppression and its attendant behavioral variables will advance the development of nonlethal weapons and systems (NLW&S).

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2006
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 6219, Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons, 62190G (26 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666098
Show Author Affiliations
Richard J. Servatius, New Jersey Medical School (United States)
DVA, New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Kevin D. Beck, New Jersey Medical School (United States)
DVA, New Jersey Health Care System (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6219:
Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons
Glenn T. Shwaery; John G. Blitch; Carlton Land, Editor(s)

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