Pentagon Study Links Fatalities to Body Armor - New York Times

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Pentagon Study Links Fatalities To Body Armor

January 7, 2006, Saturday
By MICHAEL MOSS (NYT); Foreign Desk
Late Edition - Final, Section A, Page 1, Column 5, 1807 words

-A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials....


FLASHBACK: Dec 9, 2004

"Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?"

~~Army Spc. Thomas Wilson of the 278th Regimental Combat Team,
{a Tennessee National Guard outfit}

"As you know, you have to go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want," . . . "You can have all the armor in the world on a tank, and it can [still] be blown up."

~~ U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld replied.
{U.S. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld addressed American troops at Camp Buehring, in the Kuwait desert about the Pentagon's "stop-loss" policy, which prevents troops from leaving the military service even if they are eligible to retire or quit.}

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