BODY ARMOR KEPT IRAQ CASUALTIES LOW

Why were there so few American casualties in Iraq? Body armor is a major reason, the Associated Press reports.Hands down, body armor is much more effective at saving lives thanany medicine weve brought to the battlefield, Col. CliffordCloonan, a doctor at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, told the AP."Military scientists (worked) to lighten the body armor after soldiers who removed 8- to 12-pound protective chest plates were wounded or killed in the 1990s," the wire service says. "The new plates, inserted in armor worn like a vest, weigh about 4 pounds each."Jim Mackiewicz, a Marine Corps leader at the Armys NatickLaboratory in Massachusetts, said, "A lot of guys are getting hit and dont even know it."

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