An unnamed service member died May 26 in Syria after a vehicle rollover accident, the Department of Defense announced. It also has yet to release his service branch.
A spokesman from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement, that the service member “died of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover in northern Syria, May 26, 2017. Further information will be released as appropriate.”
This marks the third death for U.S. forces in Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton was killed by an IED in northern Syria. In March, Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin L. Bieren died from natural causes in the same region.
U.S. efforts in Syria have ramped up in recent months. ABC News reported that roughly 900 U.S. troops are currently deployed to the country to aid Kurdish and Syrian Arab Forces in the fight against ISIS.
In March, a convoy of U.S. troops from the 75th Ranger Regiment was seen crossing into Syria from Iraqi Kurdistan. The Rangers were riding in Stryker armored vehicles en route to the Syrian village of Manbij.
Around the same time, Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit were seen in northern Syria. Marine Corps Times speculated that the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is currently deployed with the USS Bataan’s amphibious ready group, had deployed some of its members to replace the 11th MEU in supporting Kurdish and Syrian Arab Forces.
Additionally, this week, marine artillery crews established a firebase and plan to attack ISIS members in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, according to Military Times.
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.