Interceptor shipping now

160,000 sets of Interceptor Body Armor on the way to Iraq

Phil Carter at Intel Dump points out a Stars & Stripes story about 160,000 sets of Interceptor Body Armor headed for Iraq, and that the Army has notified Congress that it has met the January deadline for issuing the armor to every service member deployed to Iraq.

This month’s production run of the Interceptor tactical vests fulfills a promise to Congress by Army officials, who said that by January the service would have enough of the vests to outfit every soldier deployed to Iraq, according to Army spokesman Maj. Gary Tallman.

“Congress has been notified that the requirement has been met,” Tallman said Friday.

Wasn’t that an end of December requirement?

I’ve googled and googled, and everyone said it was a end of the year deadline. Now it’s the middle of January, and vests are on the way. How long will it take to get them distributed? It appears that my prediction for April may turn out to be correct.

The second part of my April prediction, that troops newling rotating into Iraq will still be short of armor, is addressed by this plan

As units assigned to Iraq’s first rotation make their way home through Kuwait, they will turn in their assigned vests to a central collection point at Kuwait’s Camp Victory, Tallman said.

Those vests will be checked out and reissued to Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 personnel who are staging in Kuwait.

Yeah. Right.

Even if they manage to shift armor over to everyone that needs it as they arrive, this is a disgrace. Shame on us.