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  • California Dem moves to outlaw some civilian body armor

    08/30/2014 2:39:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Bob Owens at Bearing Arms talks about a new piece of Democrat legislation which, rather than trying to ban various types of weapons, seeks to restrict civilians from using certain classes of body armor. These anti-gun Democrats keep failing to stop us from having guns… and so they seem intent on making sure that we cannot defend ourselves against theirs. HR 5344, the laughably titled “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,” is nothing more or less than attempt ban Level III and higher body armor that can defeat most common rifle ammunition, such as the steel plate armor sold by AR500...
  • Union Workers Making Body Armor Caught On Camera Smoking Weed (Insane Video)

    11/28/2011 8:24:36 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 19 replies
    RCP ^ | November 28, 2011 | Staff
    <p>Several employees at a plant in Detroit called Tower Defense and Aerospace were caught drinking booze and smoking marijuana during their afternoon break for lunch.</p> <p>Tower Defense and Aerospace makes armored parts for U.S. military trucks and planes. According to the WJBK-TV report the plant makes "parts for Humvees and Stryker combat vehicles destined for Afgahnistan and Iraq.</p>
  • Obama’s Non-Lethal Aid to Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is a Deceptive Euphemism

    04/21/2013 9:37:25 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There used to be a basic distinction between military and humanitarian aid. Military aid meant weapons. Humanitarian aid meant medical and food supplies. Nonlethal aid blends the two together by combining medical supplies with military gear into something that is military aid, but pretends not to be. Nonlethal aid is not humanitarian aid. It’s military aid that you give to enemy forces that you want to see win, but whom you don’t trust. It’s military aid that bypasses international blocks on military aid. Nonlethal aid is dishonest. It tries to make military aid sound humanitarian by emphasizing defense rather...
  • Sales soar for kid-themed body armor backpacks

    12/19/2012 12:57:20 PM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    yahoo! news ^ | Dec. 19, 2012 | Claudine Zap
    sales of the backpacks designed to protect kids during a school shooting, have “gone through the roof.” Derek Williams, president of Amendment II, the Utah-based company that makes the packs along with lightweight body armor for military and police use, told the magazine, "I can't go into exact sales numbers, but basically we tripled our sales volume of backpacks that we typically do in a month—in one week."
  • Allen West launches emotional TV ad 'Body Armor'

    07/25/2012 6:48:13 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 18 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | July 25, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    "Allen West Saved My Life" is the emotional message in the third TV ad "Body Armor," released today by the West for Congress campaign. The following quotes come from the campaign press release introducing the ad.(VIDEO following) "There are few greater examples of service and sacrifice than putting your own life at risk to protect that of another. That is what Lieutenant Colonel Allen West did in 2003 when he gave his body armor to Sergeant Robert Delgado shortly before their unit moved into Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom," said Tim Edson, Campaign Manager for Allen West.
  • Worse Than Gunwalker? State Dept. Allegedly Sold Guns to Zetas

    07/22/2011 12:10:58 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 107 replies
    Pajamas ^ | 7/22/11 | Bob Owens
    Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapons: Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso. Robert “Tosh” Plumlee, a former CIA contract pilot, told the Times he supported Jordan’s allegations, adding that the Zetas have reportedly bought property in the Columbus,...
  • On Buying Gold & Silver for Survival Preparedness

    12/09/2011 4:32:06 AM PST · by Kartographer · 123 replies · 1+ views
    SHTF School ^ | 12/8/11 | Selco
    No, gold and silver was not like second money, or second value during SHTF, it was not even worth like in normal times, and in most of the cases it was dangerous to have it a lot (actually it was too dangerous to have anything in great amounts and let other people to know that) If you had for example 1000 gold coins, and let s say that one coin worth 150 USD in normal times, you could think that you are rich in shtf. But in reality it was hard to find someone who give you some food or...
  • Bourque Industries Makes Body Armor History with Exceptional NIJ Testing Results

    11/02/2011 7:33:53 AM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 37 replies
    Business Wire ^ | 2 November 2011 | Bourque Industries
    "Bourque's Level III stand-alone Kryron Terminator Armor System became the first armor in the history of NIJ testing to defeat all six 7.62x51 FMJ NATO rounds within the 44mm back face deformation standards. And Bourque didn't reach this unheard of milestone only once, but repeated the performance on all four Level III armor plates tested, establishing a level of protection unmatched worldwide."
  • Kryron Proves Worth Again (bulletproof armor)

    08/17/2011 10:09:40 AM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | August 17, 2011
    Link only: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2011/08/17/Kryron-proves-worth-again/UPI-51611313596579 With all the talk about failing body armor, our guys and gals should be wearing this. If it can stop multiple .50 cal AP rounds, it should be a top priority to get it and save lives.
  • The anthrax killings: A troubled mind

    05/28/2011 10:49:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 29 May 2011 | David Willman
    He roamed the University of Cincinnati campus with a loaded gun. When his rage overflowed, the brainy microbiology major would open fire inside empty buildings, visualizing a wall clock or other object as a person who had done him wrong. By the mid-1970s, Bruce Ivins had earned his doctorate and was a promising researcher at the University of North Carolina. By outward appearances, he was a charming eccentric, odd but disarming. Inside, he still smoldered with resentment, and he saw a new outlet for it. Several years earlier, a Cincinnati student had turned him down for a date. He had...
  • Army tests new body armor for women

    04/23/2011 6:54:38 AM PDT · by BBell · 30 replies
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | 4/22/2011 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON — Imagine U.S. combat troops and aviators wearing body armor that fits so poorly that it's tough to position a weapon to shoot, combat uniforms with knee pads that hit around mid-shin and flight suits that make it nearly impossible to urinate while in flight. For many female troops, it's just another day on the battlefield as they wear clothing and protective gear designed primarily for men. Each of these issues is now getting some attention from the military.
  • Take A Bullet To The Head And Survive ("bullet-proof" helmet)

    04/01/2011 8:14:51 PM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 14 replies
    KPHO.com ^ | 1 April 2011
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  • Manchester Man Charged with Import, Possession of Body Armor

    12/07/2010 9:22:37 AM PST · by Track9 · 48 replies
    WTIC News ^ | 12/7/10 | AP
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut man with numerous convictions for violent assaults, robberies and burglaries has been charged with the illegal importation and possession of a bullet proof vest. Waheed Islam of Manchester, Conn., was charged Monday after undercover federal agents delivered a courier package containing a bullet proof vest from China. Authorities allege that shipping documents indicated that the package contained “100 percent knitted men’s vest.” The 43-year-old suspect, who was previously known as Walter Missouri Jr., faces charges of possession of ballistic body armor by a person who has been convicted of a violent crime. He is...
  • 3 lb. Body Armor Plate Stops 60 Rounds (Cool AZ Company!)

    06/01/2010 10:40:18 AM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 34 replies · 1,140+ views
    Police officers know each day on the job could their last. But a Pierce County man is doing what he can to change that by making new cutting-edge bullet-proof vests. John Bourque and his company, JBIT© Industries and Technology, brought his armored plate to Pierce County for their first ever public demonstration. "We really want these products up here," Bourque said. Bourque is a local guy who made it big developing cutting-edge armor. But when he watched the news about Seattle officer Timothy Brenton being gunned-down, then the four Lakewood officers and Pierce County Deputy Kent Mundell, John came home...
  • Virginia man had weapons cache, grenade launcher stashed in N.J. hotel room [Map of Ft. Drum]

    01/25/2010 8:01:01 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 126 replies · 5,260+ views
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | 1/25/10 | Star-Ledger Staff
    A Virginia man who once spent eight years on the run from naval investigators was arrested in Somerset County early today with a trove of high-powered weapons, including a grenade-launcher and two assault rifles, along with maps of a U.S. military base and a civilian neighborhood, authorities said. The federal government’s Joint Terrorism Task Force quickly joined the investigation into Lloyd R. Woodson, 43, who had been staying at a Branchburg motel since last week. Woodson, whose last known address was in Reston, Va., was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying one of the assault rifles — customized to shoot...
  • U.S. Army Focuses On New Body Armor

    12/07/2009 12:42:31 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 915+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 142/04/2009 | Paul McLeary
    In the past several years, the U.S. Army has developed an advanced generation of protective ballistic plates for soldiers in what it calls the “X-Sapi” (Small-Arms Protective Insert) program. But, despite buying 120,000 plates from Ceradyne and BAE Systems, it has yet to issue the gear to troops in the field—and it may not ever do so. The Army’s product manager for Soldier Protective Equipment, Lt. Col. Jon Rickey, says the plates are designed to defeat an “X-threat” that hasn’t yet fully emerged, but delivery of the plates began late this year. “We are in the middle of doing lot-acceptance...
  • Weapons smuggler sentenced to 57 months in prison

    07/12/2009 11:26:21 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 337+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | July 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Weapons smuggler sentenced to 57 months in prison ICE investigation tied Mexican national to more than 200 illegally exported weapons EL PASO, Texas - A Mexican man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Wednesday after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tied him to more than 200 firearms smuggled illegally into Mexico. Begmar Ivan Ruiz-Zuniga, 31, a Mexican citizen, was sentenced to 57 months in prison by a U.S. district judge. Ruiz-Zuniga must also forfeit 11 AK-47 assault rifles, one upper receiver for an AR-15 assault rifle, two...
  • Bulletproof vests get a high-tech makeover-with cement

    06/30/2009 11:38:26 AM PDT · by null and void · 14 replies · 1,007+ views
    R&D Magazine ^ | June 30, 2009
    Engineers at the Univ. of Leeds are working on a new type of body armor made from cement. The new vests will combine super-strong cement with recycled carbon fiber materials to make a material tough enough to withstand most types of bullets. The cement vest project, still at the early research stage, is being carried out the School of Civil Engineering at the Univ. Dr Philip Purnell, who is leading the team, said: “By using cement instead of alumina we are confident we can deliver a cost-effective level of protection for many people at risk. It should be good enough...
  • Lightweight Armor Is Slow to Reach Troops

    04/18/2009 5:32:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,708+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2009 | THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON — The Army has promised to lighten the soldier’s load, and nowhere more urgently than in eastern Afghanistan, where the unforgiving terrain tests the stamina of troops whose weapons, body armor, rucksacks and survival gear can weigh 130 pounds. But an experiment to shave up to 20 pounds off a soldier’s burden — much of it by reducing the bulletproof plates that protect the chest and back — has stalled, leaving $3 million in new, lightweight equipment sitting in a warehouse in the United States instead of being sent to the war zone where it was to have been...
  • Gunman Who Killed 13 People in Binghamton Wore Body Armor

    04/04/2009 10:21:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 85 replies · 2,396+ views
    nj.com ^ | Saturday April 04, 2009
    The gunman who killed 13 people in a rampage at an immigrant community center and then committed suicide was wearing body armor, indicating he was prepared to battle with law enforcers, the Binghamton police chief said today.
  • IBM Files Patent for Bullet Dodging Bionic Body Armor

    02/24/2009 2:39:54 PM PST · by Flavius · 51 replies · 2,354+ views
    techfragments ^ | 2009-02-13 10:39:43 | ibm
    IBM has filed a patent (US 7484451) for Bionic Body Armor, that could essentially allow us to dodge bullets like Neo in The Matrix. The armor would scan areas for incoming projectiles and when one is detected the system would deliver a shock to the muscles causing a swift reflexive action away from the projectile. Here's what the patent describes the body armor as: A method of protecting a target from a projectile propelled from a firearm comprises detecting an approaching projectile, continuously monitoring the projectile and transmitting an actual position of the projectile to a controller, computing an estimated...
  • Army-issued Body Armor Safe, Effective, Official Says

    01/30/2009 4:59:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 570+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2009 – Soldiers should have full confidence in the quality of a particular series of Army-issued body armor plates that has come under recent scrutiny, Army officials said. Scores of Army tests and an independent evaluation have determined the effectiveness of three types of ceramic plates manufactured by Armor Works of Chandler, Ariz., said Army Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, one of the officers who oversees equipment as part of the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. “Those plates being worn on the backs and fronts of soldiers all around the world are quality product,” Fuller said in...
  • Does the Kevlar Number Come in a French Cuff? (Obama was wearing "bullet-resistant clothing")

    01/21/2009 3:57:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 1,461+ views
    slate.com ^ | January 21, 2009 | Juliet Lapidos
    Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president on Tuesday under tight security. He rode to the Capitol in an armored Cadillac limo, spoke behind a protective glass shield, and wore "bullet-resistant clothing." Is that the same thing as a bulletproof vest? Not quite. The vests familiar from cop shows and news footage of SWAT teams are manufactured to be maximally effective with no consideration for how they might look under a dress shirt. It's unclear what brand of body armor Obama sported at the inauguration, but several companies produce discreet, thinner vests that can be worn underneath clothing,...
  • Spongy carbon tubes take the strain - Somewhere between carbon fibres and carbon nanotubes, a new...

    10/12/2008 12:16:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 976+ views
    Nature News ^ | 10 October 2008 | Philip Ball
    Somewhere between carbon fibres and carbon nanotubes, a new material shows its strengths. The colossal carbon tube is relatively stronger and lighter than a conventional carbon fibre.PRL/ H. Peng et al A new form of carbon material, potentially lighter and stronger than conventional carbon fibres, has been discovered by researchers in China and the United States.Huisheng Peng of Tongji University in Shanghai and his colleagues have found that a carbon vapour, made by heating ethylene and paraffin oil, will condense into tubes of pure carbon tens of micrometres wide and up to several centimetres long1.Individual tubes have a tensile strength...
  • Liquid Body Armor & Virtual-Reality Screens: The High Tech Future of Warfare

    11/06/2007 8:42:57 AM PST · by BGHater · 29 replies · 67+ views
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 05 Nov 2007 | Rebecca Sato
    What will soldiers be wearing on the battlefield by the year 2025? According to the 24th Army Science Conference, future warriors will be equipped with high-tech uniforms of "liquid body armor" now under development using nanotechnologies. The battledress would also be equipped with 360-degree situational awareness technology, plus virtual reality screens that enable troops to navigate an environment by projecting maps on the ground—sort of like R2-D2 on Star Wars. The new form-fitting suit is being developed through the wonder of nanotechnology, which involves manipulating atoms and molecules to create things at the nanometer scale. That's about 50,000 times smaller...
  • Scandalous $10 Million Bat Mitzvah (David Brooks of DHB Industries Arrested for Embezzling...)

    10/28/2007 2:49:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies · 1,110+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 27, 2007 | ABC News
    Scandalous $10 Million Bat Mitzvah David Brooks of DHB Industries Arrested for Embezzling Company Funds Oct. 27, 2007 — The headliners read like a who's who of music: Aerosmith, 50 Cent and Don Henley of the Eagles. No, it wasn't the Grammys, it was 13-year-old Elizabeth Brooks' birthday party -- a $10 million mega bat mitzvah. Aerosmith alone was paid a $1 million to perform -- flown in on her father's company jet. Her father is David Brooks, who was then the CEO of DHB Industries, the leading body armor provider to U.S. soliders in Iraq. And he had his...
  • Top Point Blank Armor Officials Indicted [body armor to the U.S. military]

    10/26/2007 3:56:34 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 20 replies · 1,154+ views
    Military.com ^ | October 26, 2007 | Christian Lowe
    David H. Brooks, the founder of Point Blank Body Armor and former head of its parent company, DHB Industries, was indicted on a variety of financial impropriety charges Thursday after months of investigations by federal prosecutors. Brooks, who led DHB Industries until July 2006, was indicted for insider trading, fraud, obstruction of justice and tax evasion, the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York said in a release obtained by Military.com. The former chief operating officer of Point Blank, Sandra Hatfield, was charged along with Brooks in the indictment. She had been served with a previous indictment...
  • The Dragon Skin Dilemma

    08/22/2007 9:16:47 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 37 replies · 1,712+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 8-14-07 | Harold C. Hutchison
    August 14, 2007: The Dragon Skin armor was recently decertified by the National Institute of Justice, adding more controversy to the debate over the value of this armor design for protective vests. This loss of certification will cause many police agencies to reject this armor as a result. This is a serious blow to the manufacturer, which is trying to get the armor adopted by the Department of Defense. Dragon Skin was intended to provide better all-around protection against incoming fire. One problem with most protective vests is that there are places where the protective ceramic plates only cover a...
  • Bible Stopped Sniper's Bullet

    08/09/2007 8:13:26 AM PDT · by stm · 27 replies · 1,469+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 09 Aug 07 | NewsMax
    PFC Brendan Schweigart was helping to retrieve a tank in Iraq when he felt as if he had been hit with a sledge hammer. It was deadly fire from an enemy sniper. But this day called up a miracle for the young soldier who believes in God and the teachings of the Bible. According to a report by NBC affiliate WGRZ, the bullet missed Schweigart's vital organs because over his heart was a Bible. Scott says it's the one he got at boot camp. The Bible acted as a shield, that trapped the bullet. He had promised his mother that...
  • PPE stops round, saves Marine

    07/14/2007 9:18:30 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 33 replies · 931+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 14 July 2007 | Lance Corporal Timothy M. Stewman
    PPE stops round, saves Marine July 14, 2007; Submitted on: 07/14/2007 05:28:58 AM ; Story ID#: 200771452858 By Lance Cpl. Timothy M. Stewman, 13th MEU NEAR KARMAH, Iraq (July 14, 2007) -- Over the past decade there have been significant advancements in body armor. During that time there have also been heated debates concerning the performance and effectiveness of the body armor being used by Marines. One Marine with Battalion Landing Team 3/1 got to see first-hand just how effective his issued body armor is. “We were out doing a vehicle mounted patrol and we dismounted, that’s when I heard...
  • Hot Air: NBC's 'Emotional Terrorism' Following 'Bogus' Armor Report (Dragon Skin Armor)

    07/05/2007 4:36:41 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies · 1,021+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | July 4, 2007 | Dave Pierre
    Hot Air: NBC's 'Emotional Terrorism' Following 'Bogus' Armor Report Posted by Dave Pierre on July 4, 2007 - 10:43. Via Bryan Preston at Hot Air: On May 17, NBC reported a blockbuster exclusive on the superiority of Dragon Skin body armor over Interceptor, the body armor that the US Army issues to soldiers in combat zones. But NBC’s story has a major flaw: It’s wrong about nearly everything. Watch the latest installment of Hot Air's Vent and actually hear an Army official, Brigadier General Mark Brown, conclude that NBC News possibly committed "emotional terrorism" after airing an "exclusive" segment on...
  • NBC's Body Armor Embarrassment (Duncan Hunter)

    06/20/2007 12:20:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 44 replies · 2,026+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/20/07 | Tom Donnelly
    ONE OF THE RECURRING themes of press coverage of the Long War, and particularly the conflict in Iraq, is that soldiers are victims. According to this trope, soldiers and Marines are sacrificing themselves in a cause already lost, by an administration that cares little for the men and women in uniform. The proof of this last proposition was demonstrated to the media's satisfaction long ago, and confirmed for them in former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's proclamation that we went to war with the force we had rather than the one we'd liked to have. Exhibit number one in the press's...
  • Army says Dragon Skin armor falls short

    The U.S. Army, in a rare move Monday, released a barrage of test results showing that a privately-sold flexible body armor that some families have sought for their soldiers failed extensive military testing. Pieces of the hefty Dragon Skin armor, with ragged holes torn through its yellow inner skin, were propped up on the floor in the Pentagon, as Army officials systematically detailed the battery of ammunition and temperature testing the armor failed. Although the tests were done nearly a year ago, the Army declined to release details until Monday, after recent NBC News reports suggested that the Dragon Skin...
  • NANO-ARMOR: PROTECTING THE SOLDIERS OF TOMORROW

    03/07/2007 1:59:00 AM PST · by prophetic · 26 replies · 5,278+ views
    isracast.com ^ | Feb. 15, 2006 | IsraCast.com
    An Israeli company has recently tested one of the most shock-resistant materials known to man. Five times stronger than steel and at least twice as strong as any impact-resistant material currently in use as protective gear, the new nano-based material is on its way to becoming the armor of the future. A year ago IsraCast reported on the development of the first commercial nano-based lubricant which was developed by the Israeli company ApNano materials. A year later we find ApNano working also on a wholly different application of their technology - shielding and protection. In recent research lead by Prof....
  • New Body Armor Passes Tests

    10/11/2006 11:21:15 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 9 replies · 1,065+ views
    Nuke's news and comment ^ | 10/11/06 | nuke gingrich
    Experimental testing has demonstrated that the system 100 is effective to defeat an AP bullet fired from a rifle at point-blank range (e.g. at impact V.sub.p.apprxeq.850 meters/second). Applications include, but are not limited to, body armor for infantry soldiers and law enforcement agencies, integral armor or armor appliques for vehicles such as aircraft, helicopters, and cars. Other uses include military applications, such as used in conjunction with ground vehicles or amphibious assault vehicles. Thus, the system 100 for protection against a projectile 105 having a speed, or velocity V.sub.p, comprises an accelerating layer 110, a plug layer 120, and (optionally)...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 07-26-2006

    07/26/2006 9:53:17 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 200+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-26-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. From the Aberdeen Proving Ground The best armor that can be found It's sort of a gel which when hit by a shell stiffens up, and defeats the round!
  • U.S. Army research lab using particles to stop bullets

    07/25/2006 8:19:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,967+ views
    The Daily Record (Baltimore) via SMALLTIMES ^ | July 20, 2006 | Joe Bacchus
    It flows like a liquid, but push it with enough force and it will stop you right in your tracks. Research at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen is at the heart of a new technology that could mean lightweight, flexible armor for U.S. soldiers. The armor would move more like normal clothing while protecting more of the body, including the joints often left vulnerable by traditional body armor, said Eric Wetzel, a researcher in the Army laboratory's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. The liquid armor is actually traditional body armor soaked in a substance known as shear thickening...
  • NY Times Reporter Body Armor Vulnerability Analysis - PARODY (but rings true)

    07/08/2006 3:00:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies · 880+ views
    The Peoples' Cube ^ | July 8, 2006 | Red Square
    NY Times Reporter Body Armor Vulnerability Analysis Author: Red Square, Location: Karl Marx Treatment Center Post Posted: 7/8/2006, 3:30 pm Earlier this year the New York Times courageously exposed vulnerabilities of US body armor, accompanying the story with a controversial diagram and a leaked Pentagon paper in a PDF file, identifying the best areas to shoot at. Today the Pentagon responded by releasing a diagram that details vulnerabilities of the New York Times journalists, which analysts predict is about to become the focus of a new media fury. "The Pentagon released the results of their secret research despite our strongest...
  • Protective Vest Politics

    05/12/2006 4:23:56 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 15 replies · 506+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | May 12, 2006
    Now the Department of Defense is evaluating new body armor designs from India. How did it come to this? The U.S. Army has created something of a monster because of its massive purchases of Protective Vests. So far, the army has spent some $300 million on the vests, which triggered another $100 million in purchases from the other services. That large a market has spurred development of new body armor technologies. This created a situation best described by the term, "disruptive technologies." One new design, Pinnacle's Flexible Body Armor, has caused a major ruckus within the army because some Pinnacle...
  • Imperfect Protection for the Turret Gunner [new protective gear for turret gunners]

    05/11/2006 9:45:34 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 34 replies · 1,027+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | May 10, 2006
    The U.S. Army is testing a new body armor idea in Iraq. It's the Cupola Protective Ensemble (CPE), and it's a simple idea, which proved turret gunners with better protection. This is done by taking the existing bomb disposal protective suit, and adding the new liquid cooling unit. This provides exposed turret gunners with some more protection. The turret gunners, usually in hummers, are not only exposed to explosions and enemy fire, but are prime targets because they operate a .50 caliber machine-gun, and have the best view of any enemy in the area. But that view works both ways....
  • Front Line Views on Iraq/Afghanistan War Situation, No. 2

    04/07/2006 11:01:38 AM PDT · by gleeaikin · 18 replies · 709+ views
    emails from Afghanistan | 4/7/06 | gleeaikin
    Since Front Line Views....No. 1 was posted at FR on 3/12/06, my son in Afghanistan who also served 8 months in Gulf War I in Saudi Arabia and Iraq has emailed additional observations. Subjects include: real casualty rates (KIA) vs. press reports, "appearance" of soldiers vs. actual military skills/performance, soldiers as civil servants vs. being warriors, and official prohibition against unapproved body armor. Remember, he is in Afgh. so some observations may not fit Iraq, but others do. Some of what he says is harsh, he never was one for pussyfooting. Paragraphs in quotes are HIS words. The rest is...
  • Interceptor vs. Dragon Skin: Body Armor Fight Gets Ugly

    04/04/2006 3:30:04 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 14 replies · 1,270+ views
    Defense Review ^ | April 04, 2006 | David Crane
    Everyone who’s been following the U.S. Army’s Interceptor body armor program vs. SOV/Dragon Skin body armor is probably already aware that U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick)/Natick Soldier Center and PEO Soldier (Program Executive Office Soldier) have essentially declared war on Pinnacle Armor. According to Major General Jefferey A. Sorenson, Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management, not only has Dragon Skin “not yet passed testing”, but it also “isn’t anywhere near” standard Interceptor body armor’s capabilities. Really? That’s interesting, considering that Murray Neal, CEO of Pinnacle Armor, has told us that both Level III/III+ and Level IV (classified) Dragon Skin...
  • Army Bans Use of Privately Bought Armor

    03/30/2006 4:53:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 53 replies · 1,503+ views
    AP ^ | 3/30/6 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON -- Soldiers will no longer be allowed to wear body armor other than the protective gear issued by the military, Army officials said Thursday, the latest twist in a running battle over the equipment the Pentagon gives its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Army officials told The Associated Press that the order was prompted by concerns that soldiers or their families were buying inadequate or untested commercial armor from private companies — including the popular Dragon Skin gear made by California-based Pinnacle Armor. "We're very concerned that people are spending their hard-earned money on something that doesn't provide the...
  • Some Marines Declining Extra Body Armor

    03/26/2006 3:32:50 PM PST · by Valin · 15 replies · 621+ views
    AP ^ | 3/26/06 | ANTONIO CASTANEDA
    HUSAYBAH, Iraq: Extra body armor _ the lack of which caused a political storm in the United States _ has flooded in to Iraq, but many Marines here promptly stuck it in lockers or under bunks. Too heavy and cumbersome, many say. Marines already carry loads as heavy as 70 pounds when they patrol the dangerous streets in towns and villages in restive Anbar province. The new armor plates, while only about five pounds per set, are not worth carrying for the additional safety they are said to provide, some say. "We have to climb over walls and go through...
  • Some Marines Declining Extra Body Armor

    03/26/2006 1:36:01 PM PST · by SevenMinusOne · 14 replies · 947+ views
    AP ^ | 3-25-06 | ANTONIO CASTANEDA
    HUSAYBAH, Iraq - Extra body armor — the lack of which caused a political storm in the United States — has flooded in to Iraq, but many Marines here promptly stuck it in lockers or under bunks. Too heavy and cumbersome, many say. Marines already carry loads as heavy as 70 pounds when they patrol the dangerous streets in towns and villages in restive Anbar province. The new armor plates, while only about five pounds per set, are not worth carrying for the additional safety they are said to provide, some say. "We have to climb over walls and go...
  • Marines Arrested for Selling Body Armor Online

    02/22/2006 6:59:27 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 12 replies · 624+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2006 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    <p>Several Marines from Camp Pendleton have been arrested in San Diego on charges of providing stolen body armor — intended for troops in Iraq — that was later sold on the Internet.</p> <p>U.S. Customs officials teamed with the Navy's Criminal Investigative Service to break the ring.</p>
  • Faulty gear puts troops at risk

    02/10/2006 2:52:30 PM PST · by Dundee · 8 replies · 320+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 11, 2006 | Cameron Stewart and Michael McKinnon
    Faulty gear puts troops at risk THE safety of Australian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the elite SAS force, has been compromised by defective body armour, combat jackets and helmets, according to damning Defence Department documents. The faults include combat jackets that glow in the dark, giving enemies an easy target, and body armour that cracks easily. The helmets issued to soldiers have harnesses that are "worn, rusted and damaged" and are shaped in a way that makes it "impossible to sight a live claymore (landmine) in the prone position" while wearing them. The documents reveal that the safety...
  • Soldier's wife holds fundraisers for body armor for troops

    02/10/2006 4:07:17 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 13 replies · 381+ views
    AP ^ | Febuary 10 2006
    Texas: A U-S soldier's wife is launching real and virtual bake sales to raise money to buy body armor for troops -- even though the government has promised to rush more protective gear to those on Iraq's front lines. Tammara Rosenleaf's husband deployed from Fort Hood in December. She said the Bake Sales for Body Armor fund-raiser also will provide medical supplies, communications equipment and other needed gear. Rosenleaf hosts the first bake sale tomorrow in Montana. Beatriz Saldivar of Fort Worth -- whose nephew Daniel Torres was killed in Iraq a year ago -- said she plans to help...
  • Soldier pays for armor - Army demanded $700 from city man who was wounded

    02/07/2006 11:44:45 AM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 159 replies · 3,343+ views
    WV Gazette ^ | 2/7/06
    February 07, 2006 Soldier pays for armor # Army demanded $700 from city man who was wounded By Eric Eyre Staff writer The last time 1st Lt. William “Eddie” Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood. A field medic tied a tourniquet around Rebrook’s right arm to stanch the bleeding from shrapnel wounds. Soldiers yanked off his blood-soaked body armor. He never saw it again. But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than...
  • Injured Soldier Made to Pay for Body Armor [Actually, he's getting a refund]

    02/08/2006 4:47:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 772+ views
    AP ^ | 2/8/06 | Allison Barker
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A former soldier injured in Iraq is getting a refund after being forced to pay for his missing body armor vest, which medics destroyed because it was soaked with his blood, officials said Wednesday. First Lt. William "Eddie" Rebrook IV, 25, had to leave the Army with a shrapnel injury to his arm. But before he could be discharged last week, he says he had to scrounge up cash from his buddies to pay $632 for the body armor and other gear he had lost. Rebrook, who graduated from West Point with honors, said he was...