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Body Armor:

The Marine Corps Times has the story:

The Marine Corps issued to nearly 10,000 troops body armor that government experts urged the Corps to reject after tests revealed critical, life-threatening flaws in the vests.

In all, the Marine Corps accepted about 19,000 Interceptor outer tactical vests from Point Blank Body Armor Inc. that failed government tests due to “multiple complete penetrations” of 9mm pistol rounds, failing scores on other ballistic or quality-assurance tests, or a combination of the two.
Won't stop 9mm pistol rounds! I've seen Sunday papers that would stop a 9mm round. I'm sure we all remember the photo of the guy whose tooth stopped one.

The officer in charge of Marine Corps Systems Command obviously knows this is bad, bad trouble. You can tell by the way he's taking full responsibility onto himself. Lt. Col. Gabriel Patricio is his name. One thing you will never see is a corporate or civilian government employee standing up to take a hit like he is doing. Can you imagine an FBI or CIA officer standing up and saying, "Yes, this was my responsibility, and I am the only one to blame"?

Pity we can't. Those agencies would be a lot better off if they were staffed with men like this. Every government agency must sometimes say that "mistakes were made." Not enough, not nearly enough, have men willing to say, "I made them."

Hat tip JH(G)D.

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