This technology pertains to a system that would be implemented in military equipment, which would require strict methods of biometric authorization to command any use of heavy equipment, such as rocket launchers, tanks, hum-vees, artillery, and other types of heavy vehicles or weapons systems. This system was developed due to the Islamic State (ISIS) taking former U.S. military equipment from the Iraqi government after the U.S. mostly left the region. This system would require that the systems be authorized to specific users, and that a chain of command would need to be initialized to switch drivers and operators of the equipment, such as from the Pentagon using encrypted satellites. The systems would be incorporated into the entire computer systems of the devices, so that it would be impossible for anyone to use the systems without specific authorization. The systems could also limit the use of the systems technology, such as limiting the capability to fire weapons, or to drive at certain times of the day or night. The mechanical devices would not be able to work without the computer systems, thus rendering the vehicle or weapons system unusable without the proper authorization, which is so complicated that it can’t be hacked. There would essentially be no way to rig the systems to operate without specific authorization from the host government. There could even be failsafe systems that require on-going authorization delegation from the original host country, such as from the U.S., and that to the present host country, be it Iraq, so that even if the country was overthrown, the technology could not be used without specific authorization from the original host country. The authorization systems could also be used to operate the equipment remotely, such as driving and targeting from a remote location. Artillery systems would be able to be moved by the host nation, and reload automatically using a loading vehicle. The system would also have short-range weapons systems that can be controlled remotely, such that the systems could be controlled by the U.S. even if the soldiers inside the vehicle or near the weapons system were injured – so that the systems would be able to protect them from enemy fire.
- Patrick R. McElhiney
- Defenses & Weapons Systems (DWS)