Lexington COO Loren Thompson was quoted in a USA Today piece analyzing what would become of the equipment left behind in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal. Ultimately, said Thompson, “the systems and material will have little more than symbolic value” for the Taliban, who may display them as trophies.
“The helicopters are the most expensive item, but the ability of the Taliban to operate and maintain them without outside help is modest,” he continued. “The absence of U.S. logistical support will lead to a steady decay in the state of the residual Afghan military arsenal. Even small arms will gradually become unusable if not properly maintained. MRAPs are real gas-guzzlers, so their value in a country where fuel supplies are scarce and terrorist attacks have largely ceased is doubtful.”
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