Pentagon Wants Non-Lethal Weapons to Incapacitate Friendly Civilians
The Defense Department is seeking “non-lethal” weapons that would be used to incapacitate friendly civilians in confined areas as U.S. troops enter and seize buildings where they suspect insurgents may be hiding.
In a solicitation posted Nov. 2, the Pentagon’s joint non-lethal weapons directorate is asking for industry proposals for “clear-a-space/disable-in-place” non-lethal weapons. These weapons must have “reversible effects” on humans and cause minimal damage to property, according to the JNLWD.
Chemical agents are not acceptable, but the Pentagon would be open to the use of “mal-odorants,” the solicitation says.
“The effects on the targeted personnel should last long enough for friendly forces to enter and secure the structure and its occupants,” says the document. “The duration of effects shall be sufficient to prevent the emergence of combative individuals from ‘mouse-holes’ and hidden areas while friendly forces locate and secure any improvised explosive devices, booby traps and weapons caches."
Proposals are due December 8, 2009. Information is available at https://www.jnlwp.com/admin/solicitations.asp