THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SECURITY
NON-LETHAL WEAPONS AS PART OF THE REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS
- 1 Institute of Metal Science, Equipment and Technologies with Hydro- and Aerodynamic Centre ”Acad. Angel Balevski” at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMSETHAC–BAS), Sofia, Bulgaria
The history of war is marked by rational use of technology to increase the lethal force of weapons. In the 21st century we are observing a turning point in the dynamic development of weapon technology, strategies, policies, organizational structure, etc., known as "Revolution in Military Affairs" (RMA). One of the decisive features of this revolution is the reduction of casualties and collateral damage. The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of non-lethal weapons (NLWs) in current and future conflicts in terms of the most popular theories of RMA and the modern visions on the 21st century wars.