U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Todd Frantom
For nearly 150 years, Memorial Day has been a day in which we honor and remember our fallen loved ones, friends, and heroes who died defending our freedoms. At its core, Memorial Day is a somber time — one in which we reflect on the ultimate sacrifices our military men and women have made for our country. Occasionally, however, many forget why we remember on Memorial Day, and see the occasion merely as chance to get brand recognition or to hold a sale — which falls woefully short of its true purpose.
1. Wearing all white. Memorial Day surely means more than being able to wear white, as fashion agency The Lions claimed on Twitter, citing a piece in Harper’s Bazaar. UPDATE: The Lions removed this tweet from their Twitter page - the image below is a screenshot of the original tweet.
2. Wiggling through the weekend.Stephanie Abrams and her crew have great energy, and we’re all about the fun GIF ... But there’s a deeper meaning behind the big, fat weekend that isn’t acknowledged in this tweet.
4. That’s the one thing on your mind? Winky & Dutch, an online jewelry retailer, leaves a lot to the imagination with this nebulous tweet. It’s pretty obvious however that the “one thing” on their minds doesn’t have much, if anything, to do with the true meaning of Memorial Day — especially considering the almost offensive double-meaning of #YOLO — as if we weren’t already painfully aware that you only get one chance at life.
5. Let Freedom Wing? Hooters is a popular establishment in military circles, but perhaps strikes the wrong tone with this tweet. This ad would be well-suited for Veterans Day, but advertising support to military with a free meal on Memorial Day misses the point of honoring the fallen.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.