Terrorist Toys


The war between hostile Iraqis and American troops goes on in ways that are little reported. For example, every attack on American troops is carefully studied and US tactics and procedures modified if it appears that there was a change that could have prevented the attack. For example, when American troops discovered that Iraqis were using radio controlled cars to detonate road side bombs, the lead vehicle in convoys carried a controller for such toys that was continuously broadcasting (all of the these radio controlled toys use the same frequency.) This would detonate any bombs (using this method) when the lead vehicle was still about a hundred meters away. At the same time, specially built electronic gear is being built that will enable the lead vehicle in a convoy to continually transmit all the known frequencies used to detonate bombs remotely.


James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. mark says:

    You never hear this kind of stuff on CNN. Or Fox for that matter. People only watching cable news (like my parents) are always ranting about how the soldiers just seem to do nothing about these roadside ambushes and the like. It’s nice to know that things are different.

  2. It would be interesting to see this kind of gear added to a Predator. Especially if it could first locate those placing the IEDs, swoop down to the range of the transmitting equipment and then activate it – eliminating both the IED as well as future activity from the individual(s) placing it.

    *Assuming that the transmitting equipment is light enough to be carried by the drone.

  3. Anonymous says:

    hmmm… The transmitting equipment is light enough but I’m not sure I want a multi million dollar aircraft within 100 feet of an IED making it explode on purpose. :-0

    But the idea has merit. Maybe not in this form though .;-)