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Tuesday, January 17

Shitty Body Armor

Why just the other day, the NY Times reported that a Pentagon study found that as many of 80% of marines killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor.

Today I read at Soldiers For Truth, the US Army/USMC won't let soldiers deploy if they have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor and furthermore, if they were killed in action wearing it, their loved ones wouldn't collect from the $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies. The story reports that ALL commercially manufactured body armor is forbidden... however the story also reports that there are 9 generals in Afghanistan supposedly 'evaluating' the armor. hmm. Do generals actually see any combat?

The only body armor allowed in the Army/USMC is the Interceptor OTV which apparently is not that good. But guess who makes it? The dad who spent $10 million on his daughter's bas mitzvah! Ah what a fabulous government contract.

While I was over at Soldiers For Truth, I found this article: Interceptor OTV Body Armor Cost Lives, An Internal USMC Reports Shows

A recent United States Marine Corps forensic study obtained by DefenseWatch slams the Interceptor OTV body armor system, claiming "as many as 42% of the Marine casualties who died from isolated torso injuries could have been prevented with improved protection in the areas surrounding the plated areas of the vest. Nearly 23% might have benefited from protection along the mid-axillary line of the lateral chest. Another 15% died from impacts through the unprotected shoulder and upper arm," the report says.

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Almost 2,200 American service members have died in combat since the war began and almost all of them were killed while wearing Interceptor body armor.

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The "Marine Lethal Torso Injuries: Preliminary Findings 8/29/2005" was reportedly made to identify current weaknesses in the product, which was designed and fielded in the nearly billion-dollar joint US Army-USMC Interceptor program that created the controversial body armor. Critics of the Interceptor body armor system complain it is bulky, poorly made, limits mobility, and incorporates a design that leaves the wearer vulnerable to gunshot and shrapnel wounds over large areas of the upper torso to limit production costs.

I'm sure there is a lot more to this story.

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