President Donald Trump will preside over the commissioning of the Navy’s newest nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, during a July 22 ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Force Atlantic said Wednesday.
This is the president’s second visit this year to the $12.9 billion carrier. In March he called for a 12-carrier Navy while speaking to sailors and workers from the Ford’s hangar bay at Newport News Shipbuilding, where it was constructed.
Trump made headlines in May when he told Time magazine that the Ford’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, which replaces the decades-old steam catapult system, should be scrapped because it costs too much and is “no good.”
EMALS, as the new system is called, is scheduled for construction on the next two carriers in the Ford class, the future USS John F. Kennedy and USS Enterprise.
Susan Ford Bales, daughter of the carrier’s namesake and 38th president, is expected to officially declare the Ford a “United States Ship” during the ceremony.
The Ford is the Navy’s most expensive and advanced aircraft carrier. It was delivered to the Navy on May 31 and is expected to become fully operational by 2020.
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.