For the second time since the Iraq war began, the Pentagon is struggling to replace body armor that is failing to protect American troops from the most lethal attacks by insurgents.
The ceramic plates in vests worn by most personnel cannot withstand certain munitions the insurgents use. But more than a year after military officials initiated an effort to replace the armor with thicker, more resistant plates, tens of thousands of soldiers are still without the stronger protection because of a string of delays in the Pentagon’s procurement system.
For a while, families were buying body armor to protect their kids, and the old armor was being used to line unarmored Humvees.
This was a war of choice, there’s no excuse for sending people to war and then leave them inadequately armored. 2500 dead by Christmas. How many would still be alive if someone would have thought: “Do we have enough body armor?”