This armor controversy smells like a Democrat National Committee talking point.
Sure, the study said Marines get hurt in places where armor does not cover. That means the armor stops a lot of the hits.
The trade off with armor is weight and mobility. Our Marines and other troops in a fire fight live because of mobility as well as armor. If they are too weighed down, they lose mobility. Also, a troop tired after humping heavy armor and gear is a troop not on top of his game when the fighting begins.
I believe the military and Pentagon are doing all humanly possible to help the troops on the ground and DNC attacks on the conduct of the war are suspect.
I smell a fabricated scandal cooked up by
Bush haters. Next week... the truth will
will be uncovered by diligent bloggers.
"I believe the military and Pentagon are doing all humanly possible..." Both are huge, slow, and ponderous in procurement. Remember the Humvee armor dust-up? Took a lot of guys in the field making their own armor, others getting killed, and lots of bitching before the DOD finally reacted in a meaningful way. In any pissing match like this, think of it as your son against a paper pusher in DC, going to lunch with reps of armor mfgrs.
You may be right. They were showing this armor on some models the other day on TV and I thought it made them look bulky and less mobile.