"Twenty years since the founding of the DOD Non‐Lethal Weapons (NLW) Program, the United States military faces global responsibilities in an increasingly interconnected yet uncertain world. In this environment of rapid technological change and challenges to the status‐quo, the Joint Force will continue to be tasked to subdue emerging threats and respond to humanitarian crises alongside, if not among, civilian populations. To accomplish these tasks, warfighters require NLW capabilities to respond to potential threats between 'shouting and shooting' and to control the escalation‐of‐force, while minimizing collateral damage - capabilities the Joint Non‐Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) is investing in today. […] This JNLWP S&T Strategic Plan (JSTSP) articulates a direction for future JNLWP S&T investment to spark innovation and cooperative research and development partnerships across industry, academia, and government. To better promote communication and clarity of ideas for future NLW S&T efforts, this plan begins by outlining the strategic context of potential future operating environments and some of the unique aspects of NLW technology development. The JSTSP then defines a series of JNLWP Science and Technology Objectives (STOs) based on validated and emerging Joint Force requirements and shaped by future operating concepts. These STOs will act as guideposts for JNLWP S&T investment through 2025. The JNLWP intends that the plan will be reviewed every two years, or as necessary, to refresh the STOs based on technological advancements and evolving needs. This approach will enable the JNLWP S&T Program to remain on the cutting‐edge of technology, while retaining alignment with new realities about emergent operations."
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