Late last year, an American-supplied Abrams tank was dropped off at a US-supported repair facility in Iraq by Shia militiamen. Workers there found a Russian machine gun with Iranian ammo attached to it.
ITC's Vehicle Management System could prevent Kuwait's vehicles from meeting the same Frankenstein-like fate as the Abrams tank in Iraq that caused a stir over possible twin violations of Iraq's FMS agreements with Washington.
ITC will be responsible for establishing a "centralized tracking and secure transmission of GPS data," develop and test customized vehicle management and tracking software, manage the installation of the GPS units, "integrate communications," conduct training and provide support through February 2018, according to a company statement.
Such a system set up in Kuwait makes sense as other incidents of US military vehicles ending up in the wrong hands in surrounding countries have surfaced.
Jen Judson is the land warfare reporter for Defense News. She has covered defense in the Washington area for 10 years. She was previously a reporter at Politico and Inside Defense. She won the National Press Club's best analytical reporting award in 2014 and was named the Defense Media Awards' best young defense journalist in 2018.