In January, Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell — the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — told ISIS that they could either surrender or U.S. troops would beat them to death with entrenching tools. Since then, Troxell has received 240 entrenching tools for him to autograph, his spokesman told Task & Purpose.
“This is from people sending an e-tool to him with return postage or people bringing an e-tool to an event or engagement he’s present for," said Army Master Sgt. Robert Couture. Troxell writes directly on the e-tool itself, numbering it, writing a personal message and often signing off with the hashtags #SEAC3, #etoolnation, and #ISIS_SurrenderOrDie.
Troxell receives up to five e-tools per day, and when he returns from long trips, he often finds between 10-15 entrenching tools waiting for him, Couture told Task & Purpose. In recent events at Fort Bragg and Washington, people have lined up with e-tools for him to sign.
Some organizations, such as Military Times and a ROTC program in Troxell’s home state of Iowa have also given the command sergeant major e-tools with inscriptions on them, Couture said.
“Another interesting side note: An e-tool manufacturer called him to thank him for his service and to let him know about the surge in e-tool sales,” Couture said. “CSM Troxell receives no proceeds, stock dividends, payment or financial benefit for signing entrenching tools or advocating for their use in annihilating ISIS.”
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.