This report describes how to evaluate the tactical, operational, and strategic impact of non-lethal weapons (NLWs), a subset of intermediate force capabilities (IFCs). It delineates the direct outputs and higher-level outcomes of NLW usage, how to measure their impact, and how they link to the strategic goals of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This characterization provides insights into how to better integrate NLWs throughout DoD.
Navy and Marine Forces Center
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The Navy and Marine Forces Center (NMF) helps the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), allied maritime and amphibious forces, and other clients manage acquisition, sustainment, personnel, force development, and strategy issues. Employing a range of analytical approaches— including cost-effectiveness analyses, risk assessments, technology surveys, industrial base reviews, and personnel and operational evaluations—NMF investigates personnel readiness, power projection, and expeditionary operations; platform and system costs; interoperability demands; logistics, technology, and industrial capabilities; and Marine force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Impacts of Marine Corps Body Composition and Military Appearance Program (BCMAP) Standards on Individual Outcomes and Talent Management 2022
Research suggest that the implementation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Body Composition and Military Appearance Program (BCMAP) could drive marines to adopt unhealthy behaviors, primarily those associated with disordered eating, to meet the standards while disproportionately affecting communities of color and women more generally. Researchers examine how the BCMAP and its associated policies affect marines individually and the force writ large.
Research Focus Areas
Shipbuilding, Maintenance, Logistics, and Sustainment
NMF evaluates competition, management, and workforce issues facing shipbuilders and ship maintainers. Our research—on cost trends and estimating techniques, production and workforce management, risk controls, contracting, inventory management, facilities planning, process improvements, and related factors—helps U.S. and allied leaders control costs and hedge against risk. NMF guidance also helps improve the readiness, efficiency, and reliability of USMC logistics operations in highly fluid situations.
Force Employment in Naval and Amphibious Expeditionary Operations
NMF analyzes options for future amphibious shipping, for using auxiliary ships in crisis response missions, and for supporting amphibious operations with expeditionary ground reconnaissance teams. Our expertise in information architectures and networks, software services, information assurance, remotely piloted vehicles, and C4ISR modeling helps commanders make better operational and tactical decisions.
Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Marine Corps forces need to tailor intelligence efforts to meet evolving demands. NMF supports the USMC's Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise with wargaming, analysis, and research assistance.
To support system acquisition, NMF researchers conduct analyses of alternatives, evaluate system costs, and explore technical and programmatic risks. Analysts sort through requirement priorities, develop concepts of operation, and model and evaluate system performance across numerous operational settings.
Navy and Marine Corps Personnel Readiness
NMF teams assess the Navy's and USMC's personnel readiness, measurement methods, diversity programs, training infrastructures, and unit and individual training— all through quantitative and qualitative analyses.