SFTT reads with great interest that the US Army has awarded Ceradyne an order worth about $10 million for XSBI Body Armor and said it plans to begin shipments later in Q2, with completion estimated to be by Q3.
While one would not normally question our miliary leadership in making sure our troops have the very best protective gear, we still are seeking resolution to SFTT’s request for information on the reliability of ceramic plates used for body armor that was filed 18 months ago under the Freedom of Information Act;
“Well over a year ago, SFTT filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain forensic evidence of the reliability of ceramic plates used by military troops killed in action with wounds to their upper body. At every step of the way SFTT has been stonewalled by DoD lawyers. It is clear that our military brass doesn’t want the ‘truth’ to get out, because it is fearful that ‘we (the public) wouldn’t be able to handle the truth.’ Indeed, I am beginning to wonder if any of the beltway bureaucrats really care about the well-being and safety of our troops in the field.”
SFTT and the American public are still waiting for an answer to our FOIA, but it’s business as usual for the beltway desk jockies who continue to award multi-million dollar contracts for equipment that may be flawed. Don’t our troops and the American public deserve answers?