Armor Up: A Coalition Perspective on Personal Protective Gear

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Body Armor is one of the most important pieces of equipment a soldier has and can mean the difference between life and death.

Amidst the heightened tempo of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, body armor and personel protection equipment have attracted renewed interest. This interest has come from several sectors: military procurement, civilian defense production, operational units (regular and special forces), as well as command level strategists.

  • Yet NATO and the US Military still face many challenges, including: The extremely high price of underperforming and obsolete technologies.
  • The employment (or deployment?) of such systems in the field can have direct and immediate impacts on soldier endurance and performance.
  • Aside from dollar cost per unit, the use of body armor exacts a certain physical toll—increased risk of heat exhaustion and reduced mobility and speed.

Body Armor in Action:

The first living Congressional Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta can attribute his survival to his personal protective gear. In Afghanistan Staff Sgt Giunta was shot in the chest while braving enemy fire to come to the aid of comrades and was saved by his ballistics vest.

Indeed, the debate of pros versus cons is increasingly complicated, with several different systems being fielded by different forces. It is further complicated by widely varying regulations of body armor deployment—from patrolling without a ‘lid’ to Special Forces operating without any protective equipment.

From regulation to cost to field limitations, this Webinar aims to address the full spectrum of body armor questions. These are the very questions which are proving so controversial in the media – and the same questions that industry leaders, regulators, and commanders in the field will want the answers to.

Join in now to listen to our exclusive body armor panel Webinar and hear from "boots on the ground" as well as a senior material scientist about the very real impact of body armor on field operations.

The panel discussion will also include a Q & A where operators and industry composed of IDGA and Defence IQ members can pose questions and hear insight from the experts and end-users featured.