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2003-10-14 Iraq
AP: 1/4 of U.S. Troops Lack Body Armor
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Posted by Steve White 2003-10-14 12:41:24 AM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [259 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 QA is very important in the manufacture of ceramica, and especially important with this application. My guess is that getting them right is tough.

The Stryker plates have been recalled, I saw recently. Another example of the difficulty in ceramics manufacture.
Posted by Chuck Simmins  2003-10-14 8:39:39 AM|| [http://blog.simmins.org]  2003-10-14 8:39:39 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 I don't think that Congress understands that a manufacturing operation is not like a light switch. Gen Myers' numbers look like a single-shift single facility operation going to multi-shift then multi-facility.
Also at 50,000 a month how long do we plan to keep up that rate of production. There are certainly some uses for the plates in applications with the Navy, Marine embassy duty, Coast Guard, FBI, ATF and DEA, but that won't last forever.
Which other contries do we export the vests to? Do we want to be facing Columbian druglords and Jehadis with these vests on? Eventually, we will have to ramp down production and lay people off. That problem is down the road, though. Time to make some political hay in the present.

QUAGMIRE, got your QUAGMIRE here. NO PLAN FOR THE PEACE, got your NO PLAN FOR THE PEACE here.
Posted by Super Hose  2003-10-14 3:08:20 PM||   2003-10-14 3:08:20 PM|| Front Page Top

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