Jackie Chan’s latest movie,The Foreigner, seems to have a simple message behind it: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Instead of dishing out a flurry of punishment to bad guys with his characteristic grin and quirky antics, the action flick puts Chan in a more dour role — and it’s about damn time we saw this side of the action star.
Chan stars as Quan, a quiet businessman, and loving father whose world is torn apart when his daughter is killed in a politically motivated bombing in London. Directed by Casino Royale’s Martin Campbell, The Foreigner chronicles Quan’s relentless search for his daughter’s killers. Opposite Chan is Pierce Brosnan as Liam Hennessy, a British politician with a shady past and ties to the IRA.
Similar to Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills, in Taken, Chan’s character has a very particular set of skills, acquired over a long career: guerilla warfare; close-quarters marksmanship; and the ability to dish out an acrobatic ass-kicking that’d be unbelievable for any 63-year-old other than Chan.
Consider this scene from the trailer: After his daughter’s death, Chan visits Brosnan at his office to beg the politician for information on the killers. When Brosnan turns him down, Chan leaves. Moments later, a bomb goes off downstairs, shaking the building, and a phone rings in the office. It’s Chan, with a single demand: “You will tell me the names of the bombers.”
From there, it’s a flurry of asskicking, muffled gunfire from homemade silencers, kicks to the gut and face, punctuated by one-liners from a menacing Jackie Chan.
In one exchange, Brosnan warns Chan, “You have no idea who you’re dealing with.”
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.