Identifying cultural factors affecting the use of non-lethal weapons

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,780.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-6515
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-072-1290
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-072
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
ANACAPA SCIENCES, INC.
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
053859526
Principal Investigator:
Michael Silver
Senior Scientist
(805) 966-6157
msilver@anacapasciences.com
Business Contact:
Douglas Harris
Chairman
(805) 966-6157
dharris@anacapasciences.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Non-lethal weapons (NLWs) provide useful options to military commanders in operations other than war such as those currently underway in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, commanders are not well-informed about the psychological and behavioral effects of these weapons on their targets. Relevant data are simply in short supply. Even less known are differences in the reactions to NLWs by members of different cultures; using a particular weapon in one culture may de-escalate violence whereas using the same weapon in a similar situation in another culture may escalate violence. This project will use structured interviews and focus groups with US and non-US personnel experienced in the use of NLWs to identify differences in the reactions of individuals and groups to the use of NLWs between cultures. Phase I will provide some of the information necessary for commanders to make the right decisions regarding the use of non-lethal weapons in a variety of cultural settings. The output of Phase I can help guide the development of tactics, techniques, procedures, and tools that will improve US performance in crowd situations and other situations that could see the use of NLWs. Results may also guide future research on cultural differences and NLW effects.

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