Here, nonlethal agents
functioned as a "force multiplier": they increased the lethality and effectiveness of conventional weapons.
The 1958 Duer Reeves Committee urged the military establishment to adopt chemical-biological warfare, particularly nonlethal agents
and agents that circumvent protective masks.
Among the topics are nerve agents, nonlethal agents
, live bacterial agents, hemorrhagic fever viruses, radiation emergencies, electronic and directed-energy weapons, and personal protection and decontamination.
These options include tactical assaults, strategic takedowns, the uses of nonlethal agents
and negotiation processes.
It is then easy to see how such nonlethal agents
when used in conjunction with other weapons would serve to increase the lethality of the battlefield.