The Marine commander in charge of more than 1,500 Marines in Darwin, Australia who was relieved of his command after police caught him driving under the influence in late September recently plead guilty to the charges in a local court.
The officer in charge of Marine Rotational Force in Darwin, Col. James Schnelle, was reportedly on his way home from Shenanigans Restaurant and Bar in Darwin’s nightclub district — you know, that one with all the goofy stuff on the walls — on Sept. 30, when he was pulled over for a random breathalyzer test, which he promptly failed.
Within four hours of being stopped by police, Schnelle reported to both the commander of Marine Forces Pacific and the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Forces who called him back to relieve him of his post “due to a loss of trust and confidence,” the AP reported.
On Monday, Schnelle pleaded guilty at the Darwin Local Court for driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.102% — double the legal limit in Australia,according to AP.
Schnelle’s license was suspended for six months, and he was fined $353, though the court did not record a conviction due to “Schnelle's good character and lack of previous offenses,” according to Fox News (In Australia, magistrates have the latitude to not record a conviction, as a way to spare first-time offenders).
After being removed from his post, Schnelle said in a statement that “one extremely poor personal decision" should not undermine the work the Marines in Darwin have done. "A solid foundation is established; at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, the future is ripe for continued growth."
After Schnelle was removed, Lt. Col. Jeramy Brady was tapped to take over the Marine Rotational Force in Darwin.
Marines have been stationed in Darwin since 2012 and are required to follow a curfew and are restricted from taking leave unless they travel in a small group, so as to reduce the likelihood of "social disruption" in the city of roughly 140,000, notes Fox News.
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
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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.