Four were fatally shot and one seriously injured in Killeen, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 22. Army Spc. Ata-se Giffa, 30, is suspected of killing his wife Dawn Giffa and his neighbors; Lydia Farina, and Larry Guzman, before turning his weapon on himself. An unidentified woman, was critically injured and transported to the Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple in serious condition, according to USA Today.
Neighbors say the shooting took them by surprise, telling Fox News they never saw it coming.
"We've never had issues, never had any issues. Never had any complaints about our neighbors. There's never any wild parties going on. It's a quiet neighborhood and this is just like a freak incident," a neighbor, Samuel Ernst, told Fox News.
The police responded to a call late Sunday about an armed man and reported gunshots at 1706 Godman Street. After entering the residence, they found multiple gunshot victims.
This shooting follows a string of high-profile attacks perpetrated by military members aboard Fort Hood. Spc. Ivan Lopez-Lopez shot 15 soldiers, killing three before killing himself, in April, 2014. In 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan, killed 13 and injured more than 30 during a mass shooting. Hasan was convicted of premeditated murder in August, 2013.
The sheer number of mass shootings that have occurred on or near Fort Hood in recent years have begun to harm the reputation of veterans as these attacks are often associated --- at least tangentially --- with post-traumatic stress disorder, and raise concerns about the mental health of America’s military, even though these instances are not all related to PTSD, nor are they wholly reflective of the military and veteran community.
“But this intersection – "PTSD and Iraq!" – has elicited breathless commentary, of course, that combat service is a means to a dangerous end,” wrote Alex Horton at the time in an article for the Guardian. “This is the result of an erroneous American cultural assumption: weapons training plus the horrors of war equals unstable threat.”
As far as this latest shooting goes, according to the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office, Giffa entered active-duty service in August 2009 as an automated logistics specialist. His home of record is Clarkston, Georgia. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, since January 2014.
Correction: Feb. 25, 2015, 8:05 pm. This headline was corrected because it incorrectly stated that the shooting took place on base housing; however, the shooting took place at 1706 Godman Street in Killeen, Texas. The article also incorrectly referred to Spc. Ivan Lopez-Lopez and Maj. Nidal Hasan as military veterans; however they were both active duty when they engaged in the attacks.
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.