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Stunning Swarms: An Airpower Alternative to Collateral Damage   [open pdf - 747KB]

From the report abstract: "This paper proposes and advocates the concept of Micro-Air Vehicle Incapacitating Swarms (MAVIS) as an effective non-lethal capability for irregular warfare as well as other spectrum-of-warfare applications. The intent of MAVIS is to provide an alternative to the conventional USAF [United States Air Force] arsenal that typically produces unacceptable collateral damage in the COIN/IW (counter-insurgency/irregular warfare) fight. Collateral damage has proven counterproductive to winning the hearts and minds of the populace afflicted with the cancer of insurgency/terrorism. Due to the difficulty in determining the exact targets in a dynamic urban environment or in any situation with imperfect intelligence, MAVIS will be used in an "area attack" fashion to administer metered doses of medication to subdue combatants as well as nearby civilians. Rendered unconscious from the fast-acting and long-lasting medication, the insurgents/terrorists will be removed from the populace while sedated, processed to gather intelligence, and permanently separated from the people. MAVIS will deny insurgents/terrorists their cherished martyrdom, allowing the threatened government to process them as it sees fit."

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2010-04
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