West Pointers At The Heart Of The Body Armor Scandal

By Roger Charles Those readers of DefenseWatch who have followed SFTT's efforts over the past year and a half to get honest and completely transparent comparative testing of all available both armor, including, but not necessarily restricted to both Dragon Skin and the currently issued Interceptor Body Armor system, know ...
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Government Accountability Office (GAO) Investigating Why America’s Grunts Continue To Bleed & Die In Second-Rate Body Armor

By Roger Charles As you read this Update, please keep in mind SFTT's Final Objective: the "best-available" body armor for all of America's Frontline Troops. DefenseWatch readers are all too painfully aware that the Pentagon currently issues demonstrably inferior body armor when superior body armor is available, and that based ...
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President of Pinnacle Armor Responds to Four Questions about NIJ Certification, & Related Issues

President's Note: Over the holidays I thought that Defense Watch should provide some additional information on Pinnacle Armor's Dragon Skin body armor and the recent certification by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) that the Level III version of Dragon Skin had passed their test. Given complicated schedules on both ...
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US Needs Military Leaders Who Make Waves

Was Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld the only one in the Pentagon that helped propel the American war in Iraq into disaster? While many have also pointed fingers at the White House, there are more profound sources of the problems. Congress should look deeper, such as at the three- and four-star ...
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Letter From Proud Marine Father To Congressional Rep’s RE: Dragon Skin

Editor's Note: We frequently get questions from readers, "What can I do to help get our kids the best-available [fill in the blank]." Well, here's what one reader, and proud father of a US Marine, did on his own initiative. Below is an excerpt of his letter.  I think it's ...
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Dragon Skin Passes Another, Non-DOD, Level III Test

  Dragon Skin Passes Another, Non-DOD, Level III Test In Direct Comparison With Armored Mobility Incorporated (AMI) Level III Plate Armor By Roger Charles Editor, DefenseWatch CORRECTED VERSION -- Editor's Note: This Editor mistakenly implied that the armor plate described in the following article was a military issued ballistic plate ...
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Dragon Skin Passes Dept. Of Justice Ballistic Tests

Panic is rampant today inside one sector of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex (MICC) as word spreads that Pinnacle Armor's Dragon Skin flexible body armor passed the ballistic tests conducted Monday and Tuesday at United States Test Laboratory in Wichita, Kansas, on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Formal certification ...
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Pinnacle Armor – DragonSkin Test #2

As we've said before, DefenseWatch does not normally post Press Releases of private companies, but in the case of Pinnacle Armor we are doing so because of the seriousness of this life-or-death issue to America's Grunts. The continued corruption in the Army acquisition system shows no sign of being corrected, ...
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Press Release by Pinnacle Armor

[DefenseWatch does not normally post Press Releases of private companies, but in this case we are doing so because of the seriousness of this life-or-death issue. If any reader knows why the Army and the House Armed Services Committee are working in concert to prevent America's Grunts from being issued ...
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Sorenson’s Mission — Kill Dragon Skin

By Roger Charles On Friday of last week, MajGen Jeffrey Sorenson of the US Army stood up at a press conference and attempted, one more time, to drive a stake through the heart of that pesky Dragon Skin body armor, but, unlike the brittle SAPI plates of the Interceptor Body ...
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US Army Officials Continue to Trap Themselves In a Web of Deceit

By Nathaniel R. Helms The United States Army claims it has not mounted a campaign to make soldiers shed their clearly superior Dragon Skin body armor in favor of the Army's inferior Interceptor OTV. Over the last seven months Army officials have alternately claimed and denied that they know all ...
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Is the Procurement System Actually Working AGAINST the Troops?

By Paul Connors Recently, DefenseWatch Editor-in-Chief Nat Helms beat the mainstream press to the punch and broke a story regarding the complete breakdown in the DoD procurement system when he released the first in a series of articles concerning defective Interceptor body armor. In a multi-part series, Helms trumped the ...
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