Monthly Archives: March 2020

  • Military members have a very difficult and dangerous job. They have to go into the line of battle and need to be sure that they have the best protection possible. Many advancements have been made when it comes to the body armor that the military uses, but a call for more improvements to be made arose recently.

    More Agility While Wearing Military Body Armor

    The military has requested for manufacturers to attempt to create body armor that is even lighter than the body armor that is already offered to soldiers. The lighter body armor would give soldiers the ability to better tackle situations hat require them to run quickly or move in a stealth fashion. The armor that is available today can be quite heavy and cumbersome. It can make it difficult to move quickly because of its weight and often causes soldiers to become overheated because of the poor circulation.

    Spectra Body Armor

    Honeywell is one body armor manufacturer who has listened to the plea. They have developed the Spectra Shield II. The Spectra Shield II is able to absorb two to six times the amount of energy as other body armor on the market. It is lighter weight and can be used for helmets, on vehicles, and even in body armor plates.

    DuPont Kevlar Body Armor

    DuPont also has weight in mind and offers Kevlar XP. This material is projected to be used in protective helmets. The helmets that are used today are heavy and can put a lot of strain on the neck. The helmets made using Kevlar XP will be 20% lighter than helmets that are currently being used. This will decrease the weight of the helmets by roughly half of a pound. That is significant, when you consider the impact that a heavy helmet has on the neck and shoulders. A light helmet will make it easier to maneuver in high stress situations.

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  • NEW YORK — Wondering if the modern body armor used by our national police force is actually making a difference? Statistics from this past year show that the number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed on duty has made a drastic decline. Policing experts report that this is the result of more law enforcers wearing body armor while on active duty. And this goes for law enforcement professionals on all levels in the United States.

    The F.B.I. has made an integral impact on safety awareness in their own right.In 2019, there were actually 48 law enforcement officers that were killed while on duty, which is down from 72 in 2018. At about a 33% decrease this is a great improvement.While statistics show that there were firearms used in the majority of these attacks, body armor was a factor in nearly all of these happenings.

    "There's been a sea change in the thinking on body armor at the state and federal level,” said Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum.

    Police departments that collected particular federal grants were mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice to utilize more body armor in 2019. This was a role call for virtually all law enforcement departments on the federal level across the U.S., as 92 percent of them made them a prerequisite for active officers by the end of 2019 (this is a large leap from a meager 59 percent of federal departments in the year 2017.) The use of body armor has continued to make an impact this year as well.

    "In this case, policy made a difference," Wexler said.

    Chuck Wexler, who has held his prominent position since 1993, leads an entire staff involved in policing research, consulting for police agencies and management studies. Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is in large part the only hope for major cities facing difficulties with policing.

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