As Washington politicians play games with veterans benefits, the governor of South Carolina, working with the S.C. National Guard and the Department of Employment and Workforce, has set into motion a new effort to find work for veterans in South Carolina.
"This is more than just a shaking of the hands and saying thank you. This is saying we're going to help you. We're going to lift you up. We're going to do something better," said Gov. Nikki Haley while announcing the program dubbed Operation Palmetto Employment, as reported by a local ABC affiliate covering the story.
National Guard veterans in the state experienced a peak unemployment rate of 16 % in 2011, a number that has dropped to 4 %. This new move will expand on the original program by connecting vets with local employers via a website for vets in the community.
But one has to wonder how the cuts taking place in Washington will affect this and other veteran employment programs across the country. Since these programs are vital when it comes to helping vets get back into the workplace – and since more and more vets are out of work and searching for jobs after leaving the military – proponents of these programs are eager to see what happens next.
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
The U.S. Air Force has issued new guidelines for active-duty, reserve and National Guard airmen who are considered non-deployable, and officials will immediately begin flagging those who have been unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months for separation consideration.
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.