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DoD Testing Requirements for Body Armor

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DoD Testing Requirements for Body Armor
Arlington: Department of Defense Inspector General, Army Navy Drive, 2009. — 57 p.
Objectives. The overall objective of our audit was to evaluate ballistic testing requirements for body armor components. We specifically reviewed whether the Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts (ESAPI) first article testing criteria for Army contract W91CRB-04-D-0040 (Contract 0040) were in accordance with the contract. We also reviewed the basis for first article testing criteria used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Although an announced objective, we did not review first article testing criteria for the other contracts reviewed as part of DoD Inspector General (IG) Report No. D-2008-067, “DoD Procurement Policy for Body Armor,” March 31, 2008. That objective will be addressed in DoD IG Project No. D2008-D000CD-0256.000, “Research on DoD Body Armor Contracts.”
Background. This report is the third in a series of reports on DoD body armor and armored vehicles issued in response to requests from Representative Louise M. Slaughter, 28th District, New York, and Senator James H. Webb, Virginia. DoD IG Report No. D-2007-107, “DoD Procurement Policy for Armored Vehicles,” June 27, 2007, and D-2008-067 addressed Representative Slaughter’s request that the DoD IG review the procurement of body armor and armored vehicles to determine whether DoD officials followed contracting policies. DoD IG Project No. D2008-D000CD-0256.000 was initiated in August 2008 as a follow-on to D-2008-067 to examine the contracting processes for body
armor and the related test facilities. The Defense Criminal Investigative Service addressed Senator Webb’s request that the DoD IG conduct a special investigation into Army body armor testing conducted in 2005 at the H.P. White Laboratory Inc., Street, Maryland, and in 2007 at the Army Test Center, Aberdeen, Maryland. That investigation was closed. Audit personnel who assisted with the investigation identified procedural issues concerning body armor ballistic testing requirements. This report addresses those issues.
DoD Body Armor. The Army and USSOCOM use two primary types of body armor—Interceptor Body Armor and the Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements. Both types are designed to offer increased protection to the warfighter by stopping or slowing bullets and fragments and reducing the number and severity of wounds.
Scope Limitation
Review of Internal Controls
Finding A. First Article Testing for Contract W91CRB-04-D-0040
Client Actions
Client Comments on the Finding and Our Response
Recommendations, Client Comments, and Our Response
Finding B. First Article Testing Criteria for the Army and USSOCOM
Client Actions
Client Comments on the Finding and Our Response
Recommendations, Client Comments, and Our Response
A. Scope and Methodology
Prior Coverage
B. Use of Technical Assistance
C. Analysis of First Article Test Results for Contract 0040
Client Comments
Department of the Army
Director, Operational Test and Evaluation
U.S. Special Operations Command
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