posted on Aug, 11 2014 @ 05:53 PM
I do not recall exactly what was left behind, but I would be a lot more worried about the offensive weapons as opposed to the vehicles. I suppose you
can make technicals from vehicles, and there might even be some US vehicles left behind with turrets, so you would call some vehicles offensive
weapons as opposed to logistical or support vehicles. Anyway...I know there were howitzers, artillery, left behind, but you have to realize that the
US military didn't just leave this stuff for ISIS to come and pick up. This materiel was left for the Iraqi military. When they turned tail and ran
away they left all this equipment to ISIS. I'm sure they acquired it in a couple of other ways as well, but most of it was probably captured.
A kill switch on a vehicle seems like a good idea for being able to disable any vehicles that have fallen into enemy hands, or cannot be accounted
for, but this would not be a tactical tool by any means. What I mean is that without knowing exactly where each vehicle was located at a specific
time, being able to kill it at the most opportune time, say when being used to flee an incoming airstrike, would be extremely difficult and costly.
And acquiring and maintaining a clear strategic or tactical picture of all such equipment would be somewhat difficult as well. Just outfitting
vehicles with a kill switch and gps would be costly. Again, I do not know how many vehicles were left behind, or what types of vehicles, but I'm sure
ISIS will put to use anything they've captured. So if switches were to be implemented like this, they would likely be only to disengage a vehicle that
was unaccounted for, and nothing else.
But another problem is the fact that you would most likely have to be within the vicinity to trip the switch anyway. A switch that could be tripped
from across the globe would require a signal and special equipment, which would be even more costly. I just do not think the US military would have
spent the money to do something like this.
edit on 8/11/14 by JiggyPotamus because: (no reason given)