In a world that nurtures the growth of both democracy and strife, nonlethal weapons offer U.S. forces a widening range of appropriate options to accomplish a lengthening list of missions.
At the beginning of this decade, the United States faced a changing world, and our leaders recognized the need for a corresponding change in policy and strategy. During the Cold War era of containment, U.S. foreign policy revolved around maintaining and protecting an alliance of friendly nations that shared our values of democracy, free enterprise, and social dignity. As we recognized the need for change, we also realized that the importance of that alliance had not diminished. The policy for America’s future revolved around maintaining a bloc of like-minded friends to enhance security and trade, while seeking to exploit new opportunities in the changing world condition.