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Armed Forces Medical Examiner Study Body Armor

A secret Pentagon study has found that at least 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor. That 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.

The Times delayed publication of this article for more than a week until the Pentagon confirmed the veracity of its report. Pentagon officials declined to discuss details of the wound data, saying it would aid the enemy.

Extra Armor Could Have Saved Many Lives, Study Shows - New York Times

Posted by Coffeerooms January 07, 2006 Permalink

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