Sjef Orbons, Ph.D.

Consultant Netherlands Military Police

Dr. Orbons has been in the Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands between 1989 and 2014. In his latest MOD position he was a senior researcher at the Netherlands Defence Academy, with a special focus on the topic of Non-Lethality in the military domain. In that capacity, he published scholarly articles on the military applicability of Non-Lethal Weapons, and received his PhD in 2013. Previous staff positions include the Department of Defence Concepts in the Defence Staff and the NATO Defense College in Rome. He was the Netherlands delegate in the NATO Policy Team responsible for the NATO Policy on Non-Lethal Weapons in 1999. He received his Master of Science from Eindhoven University of Technology and is a member of the European Working Group on Non-Lethal Weapons

Workshop Day

Thursday, October 24th, 2019


Non-Lethal Directed Energy Systems (NLDES) have long been subject of research and testing. A limited range of systems have been deployed in real world operations, both in a military-civilian and in a law enforcement context. Whilst their value has been demonstrated in numerous operational settings, NLDES are a topic of much debate, given their wide-ranging applicability on the one hand and legal, moral and safety concerns on the other.
Led by an expert from the European Non-Lethal Weapon community, this workshop will explore the outlook of NLDES, including new concepts that potentially will be fielded in the near future.
By attending this workshop, you will:
·         Understand the current and emerging capabilities and requirements of Non-Lethal Weapons, with a focus on NLDES
·         Gain insight into DEW that are being used on the field, the lessons learned, and how current and future projects and programmes may exploit operational experiences
·         Gain an insight into the future development of NLW’s, and the issues to be overcome in promoting their acceptance, technically, operationally as well as morally
Gain an insight into scenario’s both from the military-civilian and homeland security domain that call for the application of NLDES

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Sjef.

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