Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Dragonskin Body Armor in Iraq?

I just heard on a "progressive" radio station that US troops have been advised that if they are shot and die while wearing privately purchased commercial body armor (they referred to something called "Dragonskin") that they might loose their $400,000 death benefit for their families.

This sounds pretty outrageous, all things considered. They also touted some statistic that said 80% of the troops who died from a gunshot wound to the torso would have survived had they been wearing "Dragonskin" or some other body armor. Then they went on about how the administration was "for the troops," except when they apparently aren't, and that they're for the free market, but what about this. Blah blah blah.

Any truth to all this? I'm going to check it out further. I listen to the "progressive radio" for my daily dose of bewilderment and frustration. It's fun, try it. I can't seem to manage more than about five or ten minutes at a time though.


Blogger The Management said...

Here is the Story from Defense Tech.


1/18/2006 9:31 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Michelle Malkin has also been covering this. The gist, from what I understand, is that most of the troops who are doing the dangerous jobs and would benefit the most from body armor wouldn't wear it anyway. They already carry 40-75 lbs of gear, and don't want to be further encumbered.

1/20/2006 7:43 AM  

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