This is what happens when congressional representatives show-boat about how Bush is not delivering what the troops need in battle. They have no idea what they are talking about, but they push and push. We have to do something! Guess there were no user acceptance testing involved.
Marines Call New Body Armor Heavy, Impractical
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
By Jennifer Griffin, FOX News
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Pentagon and Marine Corps authorized the purchase of 84,000 bulletproof vests in 2006 that not only are too heavy but are so impractical that some U.S. Marines are asking for their old vests back so they can remain agile enough to fight.
Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway wants to know who authorized the costly purchase of the nearly 30-pound flak jackets and has ordered the Marine procurement officers at the Quantico base in Virginia to halt the rest of an unfilled order, FOX News has learned.
“I’m not quite sure how we got to where we are, but what I do know is it is not a winner,” Conway told FOX News at the end of his recent trip to Iraq.
I’m certain that some representative went out and deemed the problem solved; buy spending millions of dollars on equipment that will not work. Wonderful.