Mark - I, literally, stumbled onto DragonSkin about a year or so before it made it big with Weaponology and a couple of other shows. There has been so much underhanded stuff I could write three pages of stuff, just on what I have been able to "dig up".
How about a few highlights?
The Director of Engineering for the current issued Body Armor, Interceptor, happens to be one of the three LEAD techs in charge of the evaluation for DragonSkin under submittal to the military trials? His name was Dr. Karl Masters and at the time of the tests for DragonSkin to replace the Interceptor Armor, his day job was "Acting Product Manager for Interceptor"
Now, call me paranoid, but when the Acting Product Manager for the product you are trying to surpass is the one of the people conducting the "closed" tests of your product, and you are not allowed to be there, or evaluate the data of the "failed" tests - I call that hokey....
Now, for the sake of ease on you, my fair reader, I am going to link to Pinnacle's facts page, but all the facts can be verified by an independent search using Google and it can also be found in several volumes of lawsuits filed by Pinnacle.
I wish I could say that was ALL that was underhanded about this cover up. Here is Main & Central
which is a pro military, expose what is not getting to our troops sort of website. Read the damning condemnation of Retired Army Colonel John D. Norwood.
This guy was HEAD of Armor Procurement for the Army. In his capacity, he was the guy making the decisions what our guys were to wear into harms way. Upon retirement, guess where he took an Executive Level job. Armor Holdings Inc; one of the two primary providers of.... wait for it..... Interceptor Body Armor to the Army.... He was then the subject of an Article 32 investigation by the Army... Does anyone know what an Article 32 means to a retired officer?!?!
Yeah, read a little further about how four West Point Grads were involved not only in the cover up of the tests, but also with keeping the current status quo Interceptor Armor with our troops...
There is so much to this story that would enrage the parents of our troops if the whole story would ever be printed. The thing is, for me, it basically boils down to two issues.
1) A Better overall product ( DragonSkin ), that could save American lives, has been kept from our troops and my tax dollars have been spent on an inferior product.
2) My tax dollars, that were spent on the inferior product, were then redirected as a form of Gold & Platinum Umbrellas, not to mention flat kickbacks, to members of the Military that are SUPPOSED to be looking out for the best interest of our troops...
Take a look into some of the details behind the story and see what you think.
Personally, I have worn the Interceptor stuff in the field, and I have tried on the DragonSkin and worn it, though not in the field. Thankfully I have never taken any rounds in either product, but I can tell you if I had to, I would much rather have the DragonSkin on than that ceramic plate crap with all the nice ballistic nylon just waiting to let bullets through....