Pentagon: Army Didn't Properly Test Body Armor
Army rushed through plates, can't prove they meet standards
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 17, 2011 10:43 AM CDT
Soldiers in Iraq don their armor in this file photo.   (AP Photo / Nabil al-Jurani)

(Newser) – The Army didn’t properly test much of the body armor deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and can’t prove that it meets military standards, the Pentagon’s inspector general declared in a scathing new report. Because of the demands of the conflict, the army rushed some bullet-blocking plates into the field without testing them at certain altitudes and temperatures, the AP explains, and what testing it did conduct used the wrong sized plates and inconsistent ammunition.

The inspector general didn’t test the plates itself, so it couldn’t say for sure that they’re defective—merely that the army can provide only “limited assurance” that they’re not. The body armor used by most US troops comprises a ballistic vest with two large, hard ceramic plates, and the investigation is a response to a 2006 New York Times article finding that 80% of Marines shot in their upper bodies in Iraq had died because of inadequate armor. The Army responded to the report by insisting that it “conducts rigorous and extensive testing.”

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Aug 18, 2011 10:09 AM CDT
I say we throw some of the body armor on the Inspector General and give it a test run. That should be the standard for any company that sells armor, they get in it and we run the tests. If they survive we buy the gear.
Aug 18, 2011 4:05 AM CDT
War for profit, General Eisenhower was right about the military industry complex.When will Americans wake up? Korea, Vietnam, Iraq to name a few. Hello anybody out their???
Aug 17, 2011 9:14 PM CDT
Let me think of the lies the Military have told since my days in Uniform Agent Orange isn't harmful No High Ranking Officer was involved in the The My Lai Massacre/Incident The Humvees Armor is strong enough for the Mid East The Body Armor is strong enough to protect the troops The truth is the G.I. still stands for Gov. Issue, you are their property and easily replaceable, cheaper than a drone of even a rocket launcher, I dare say cheaper than a sniper rifle After all we have a glut of poor Americans they can place in uniform to find work to feed their families