Warner Bros. has just dropped the third trailer for writer-director Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated upcoming WWII epic “Dunkirk” and all signs point to yes, this is going to be one hell of a film.
Starring Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, both alumni of Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy, the film centers on one of the most harrowing events of the Second World War — the 1940 operation to rescue nearly 400,000 Allied troops surrounded and outnumbered by German forces on the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France.
In the trailer, we see Allied troops being bombarded by enemy aircraft, a dogfighting Tom Hardy, and British civilians embarking across the English Channel en route to Dunkirk to assist with the evacuation.
During the real-life evacuation, called Operation Dynamo, a fleet of approximately 933 boats, including many piloted by civilians on their own initiative, helped bring back a total of 338,226 troops back across the channel. Tens of thousands of Allied soldiers were killed or captured during the battle and retreat.
“At its heart it’s a survival story,” Nolan said at a film convention in March. “The enemy is closing in on the British on this beach with no escape…They were faced with the choice between surrender and annihilation.”
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.