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Back A Mathematical Framework for Modeling the Risk of Significant Injury Caused by Non-Lethal Area Weapons

Fiscal Year 2018
Division Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Science
Department Applied Mathematics
Investigator(s) Zhou, Hong
Sponsor Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (DoD)
Summary Non-lethal weapons (such as tear gas, pepper spray and dazzling laser) are "weapons, devices, and munitions that are explicitly designed and primarily employed to incapacitate targeted personnel or material immediately, while minimizing fatalities, permanent injury to personnel, and undesired damage to property in the target area or environment. Non-lethal weapons are intended to have a reversible effects on personnel and material" (DoD Directive 3000.03E). Non-lethal weapons can provide operating forces with escalation-of-force options that can minimize casualties and collateral damage when conflict and disasters occur within a large crowd. In some situations, non-lethal weapons have been rapidly developed and fielded to meet urgent warfighting needs. Assessing the probability of causing injury or achieving the desired effect for an area non-lethal weapon used against a crowd can be challenging. We propose to build a mathematical framework that takes into account peculiar characteristics of non-lethal weapons. We will study the risk of significant injury caused by non-lethal weapons in the developed model.
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