Stars and Stripes has been trying to find out why but can’t get an explanation…
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Army is late in delivering newer, lighter body armor to
In April, an official with Program Executive Officer Soldier (PEO Soldier)
said that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan would begin to receive the Improved
Outer Tactical Vests that month.
“The Army will begin fielding the IOTV April 07 as directed by [Headquarters,
Department of the Army/ Army Central Command],” said Steven Pinter in an
e-mailed response to questions to Stars and Stripes last month.
But the Army has not yet awarded a contract for the new body armor, according
to PEO Soldier, the Army’s development center for advanced soldier equipment.
Officials at PEO Soldier declined to comment about why no contract has been
“It is not common Army practice to discuss pending contract awards in the
media,” an e-mailed response from PEO says. “As soon as contracts are in place,
PEO Soldier would be pleased to conduct an interview with Stars and Stripes.”
Asked if he could say why no such contract had been awarded, Lt. Gen. Stephen
Speakes, who handles Army resources issues said, “No, I can’t.”