A complaint from a 2014 briefing alleged that Lt. Gen John F. Mulholland Jr. “failed to treat his subordinates with dignity and respect” when he suggested the presenters be shot and repeatedly swore at them during the briefing at U.S. Special Operations Command headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Army Times reports.
Less than a minute into the meeting, Mulholland remarked that “this is not f— ing right,” according to the report. This continued throughout the 50-minute meeting, with Mulholland allegedly using the f-word "about five times" and saying that he would "fire all of you motherf—kers," during the meeting in order to "to punctuate his comments."
Mulholland was furious that the briefing failed to follow the instructions that he and the top officer in command, Adm. William McRaven, had provided, reports The Washington Post.
Witness accounts say that Mulholland told team members they “should be taken out and shot,” and Mulholland reportedly admitted that he may have said something similar to that.
In a July 2014 report, Department of Defense investigators wrote that the remarks made by Mulholland were not indicative of his normal behavior. The report was posted in the Office of the Inspector General’s Freedom of Information Act online reading room.
Army Times reports that Mulholland cooperated with the investigation. He reportedly told investigators that his conduct “probably failed [his] own standards," adding that after what he called a "colorful" discussion, he told the group: "I love you guys."
While the report states that one witness called Mulholland "angry to the point of being almost “uncontrollable.” Others told investigators that they didn't deem the meeting worthy of a complaint, or that they weren't surprised by the profanity, and that the remarks didn't amount to personal attacks or threats.
Mulholland, left his post as the former SOCOM head roughly six months after the report’s completion for his current post as the CIA’s associate director for military affairs. The Washington Post reports that the inspector general substantiated the allegations against Mulholland and suggested that the Army secretary take some form of corrective action against him. Mulholland later apologized to the person who filed the complaint and others in the room at the time.
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.