INLDT Mission & Goals

INLDT Mission

The mission of the Institute for Non-Lethal Defense Technologies is to promote, coordinate, and conduct interdisciplinary research and development of non-lethal concepts and technologies for conflict resolution and security. The institute will support Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice efforts to examine technologies, tactics, and public policies regarding the responsible application of these minimal force options.


  • Coordinate appropriate research and development among Penn State's faculty and staff at its 24 locations and network nationally with other universities, research institutions, laboratories, businesses, industries, and military/government agencies to identify non-lethal related expertise and technologies and maximize their effectiveness.

  • Serve as a resource of non-lethal related expertise and technologies.

  • Examine simulation and modeling capabilities for assessing non-lethal concepts and technologies, evaluating deployment strategies, and assisting with training in the related areas.

  • Create a forum for addressing societal and public policy issues related to the deployment of non-lethal/less-lethal technologies and procedures.

  • Promote and host workgroups, symposiums, and conferences at regional, national, and international levels for study of minimal force options.

  • Serve as a non-vested agent and trusted advisor to the military and government agencies as well as a source for law enforcement and the public on non-lethal technologies and their human effects.

  • Achieve recognition as a national-oriented center of excellence for non-lethal research, development, testing and training in support of both the military and law enforcement.