Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Lt. Gen. Mark Brilakis announced Dec. 30 that the service will comply with a new Hawaii law that raises the minimum age to use or purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Starting Jan. 1, 2016, all Marines based in Hawaii will not be permitted to to smoke or buy tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and electronic smoking devices until they are 21, according to Military.com.
In accordance with the law, which was signed in June, Marine Corps, Navy personnel, dependents, family members, guests, and base residents could face both state and Marine Corps penalties if caught with tobacco under 21.
Among civilians, punishments include fines between $10 and $50 for anyone underage who purchases or possesses tobacco products. Those caught selling or give tobacco products to minors will face fines between $500 and $2,000. Community service hours can also be ordered as punishment as well.
However, Brilakis said that service members caught in violation of the law will face “administrative and military justice aspects related to noncompliance.”
This law is expected to be a met with dismay among service members, as smoking rates are significantly higher in the military than among the general population.
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)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
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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.