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Armor shortage due to Pentagon missteps

Joseph Tanfani, Tom Infield, Carrie Budoff and Edward Colimore of The Philadelphia Inquirer studied the availability of armor for military vehicles in Iraq, finding a shortage "had more to do with Pentagon missteps than any lack of industrial capacity." The importance of vehicle armor is highlighted in casualties: "Since May 1, 2003, when the United States declared an end to major combat operations, attacks on vehicles have accounted for as many as 40 percent of the 1,037 deaths of soldiers attributed to hostile action."

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