DOD taps American Systems for nonlethal weapons work

The Defense Department has awarded a $43 million contract to American Systems Corp. to support DOD's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program.

Under the contract, ASC of Chantilly, Va., will provide analytical support in the technological, operational and programmatic areas, the company said.

The nonlethal weapons program is devoted to coordination and integration of technologies and systems that will support the various services. All military services, as well as the Special Operations Command and Coast Guard, are members of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program.

Nonlethal weapons include irritants that can incapacitate or drive away people. One proposed weapon is a running-gear entanglement system that would snarl propellers of attacking boats.

The Joint International Weapons and Concepts Directorate supports the nonlethal weapons program by offering science and technology analysis, human effects expertise and acquisition management support.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication Washington Technology.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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