Non-lethal arms

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For a number of years now, the battlefield has seen considerable change and, thanks to the media, is no longer a place ignored by all where anything is possible, especially the worst. Within this framework, the development and use of means designed to broaden the scope of options available to the combatant are justified. New non-lethal weapons – or technologies – therefore allow the soldier, to «dose» his response just like a police officer according to the intensity of the threat. Consequently, it is important to have a thorough understanding of what these new technologies may lead to, because as such they necessitate a rethinking of a whole area of the way in which wars are conducted. While they open up new options, they also open the door to a whole range of new constraints, which could in the eyes of some, complicate the situation. – Summary AFRI-2005