Two people were sentenced recently for defrauding Marines, some of whom are stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, local news station WNCT 9 reported June 5. How’d they do it? They created fake identities on internet dating sites and lured the poor (and evidently lonely) devil dogs into virtual relationships.
One of the scammers, Jones Martin from Hampton, South Carolina, was sentenced Monday to almost five years in prison, plus another five years’ probation, and has to pay $117,000 in restitution. He pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in January.
The other fraudster, Hailey Tykoski of Wayne, Michigan, got five years of probation and must fork over $42,000 in restitution, after she plead guilty in March to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
From 2013 to 2015, Martin and accomplices like Tykoski used fake identities to target young enlisted Marines. The catfishing scheme involved sending text messages and emails to deceive the Marines into believing they were in a romantic relationship.
They convinced the lovestruck devil dogs to take out personal loans from Navy Federal Credit Union and used the victim's personal information to transfer the cash into a different account. The scammers even took out new lines of credit in the victim's’ names, leaving the Marines on the hook to pay off the debts.
It sounds like a scenario plucked straight from a company first sergeant’s onboarding brief. Maybe an updated briefing should simply advise Marines to avoid dating at all while they’re at Camp Lejeune, unless they want to get screwed, and not in a good way.
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.