The Laser Induced Plasma Effect program is part of the Joint Non-lethal Weapons Directorate program.
The objective was the “non-lethal weaponization of ultra-short pulse (pico-femtosecond) laser systems to produce extended high repetition rate laser induced plasma detonations (LIPD) in air or on material targets in close proximity to targeted humans and on targeted material with no civilian casualties and (scalable) non-lethal counter-personnel and counter-materiel effect with little to no collateral damage.”
Below are the results of a November 2020 request for, “ALL reports, status reports, updates on the Laser Induced Plasma Effect program which is part of the Joint Non-lethal Weapons Directorate program,” which included a request for, “all mission statements or stated objectives of the Laser Induced Plasma Effect program along with the Joint Non-lethal Weapons Directorate program.”
Below is what I received from the US Marine Corps, which includes the FOIA release letter, video, and documents.
FOIA Response Letter
The following is a copy of the DVD that came in with the files. They are dumped here for easy downloading, along with a .zip option.
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