Dozens of volunteers from across western Illinois spent their holiday weekend scrubbing swastikas from more than 200 headstones across the Sunset Hill Memorial Estates Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois, ahead of the community's annual celebration of fallen service members, the New York Times reports.
The Sunset Hill Memorial Estates Cemetery is home to more than 1,400 graves of U.S veterans; the 13,000 residents of Glen Carbon mark each Memorial Day with the same tribute each year, including "a balloon release, wounded warriors speak and the cemetery displays hundreds of flags," according to the New York Times.
The defaced headstones were found by cemetery employees at 7:15 AM on Saturday morning, superintendent Mark Johnson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which noted that "this is the first time vandalism of this magnitude has happened at the cemetery."
Volunteers managed to remove the graffiti from nearly all 200 headstones and other monuments by Sunday afternoon, and local restaurants sent food and water to keep workers and Good Samaritans going through the weekend, according to the New York Times.
The suspect, a 34-year-old man, was in custody as of Monday, the Edwardsville Police Department announced on Facebook. Surveillance footage purportedly showed the alleged vandal walking through the cemetery around 2:14 AM on May 26.
While the suspect will likely incur crimes related to the vandalism, Glen Carbon Police Lt. Wayne White told the New York Times they "expect" country prosecutors to hit him with hate crime charges as well: “The fact that he did this on Memorial Day weekend is inexcusable and disgusting behavior that we’re not going to tolerate."
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.