Three U.S. troops were killed and another three were wounded on Tuesday by an improvised explosive device near Ghazni city, U.S. officials announced.
The names of the fallen and wounded troops are being withheld pending next of kin notification, said Army Lt. Ubon Mendie, a spokesperson for Operation Resolute Support. The three wounded troops and an American contractor who was also wounded in the blast have been evacuated and are receiving medical care.
With Tuesday’s incident, a total of 13 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018.
Separately, Resolute Support announced that a Ranger who was killed on Nov. 24 was likely accidentally shot by a member of the Afghan security forces. Sgt. Leandro Jasso was killed while fighting Al Qaeda militants in Nimrod province.
“Early interviews indicate the tragic accident occurred when the partnered force became engaged in a close-quarter battle during an assault on one of multiple barricaded al Qaeda shooters,” Resolute Support announced on Tuesday.
An initial review into Jasso’s death found no indications that he was shot intentionally, a Resolute Support news release says. Jasso, 25, was on his third deployment to Afghanistan.
“The loss of Sgt. Jasso is felt by his family and loved ones, by all who served with him and by all on this mission to protect our country and our allies,” Army Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in the news release.
“Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting Al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners,” Miller continued. “All of us, and throughout our coalition of 41 nations, recognize the threats posed by groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS and are determined to fight them here.”
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.