March 18, 2017

Under Bush.Obama Prisoners Made Faulty Military Helmets

Jack Kemp

I bet some of these helmets are still around. And these helmets could have been made in private factories which would have given veterans job opportunities.
Federal inmates were hired to make combat helmets for the US military, but it did not go well

Federal-prison inmates in Beaumont, Texas, manufactured more than 100,000 defective helmets for the US military, even hiding some from inspection and sending others directly to the battlefield, according to a federal report by the US Department of Justice that was released on Wednesday.

The report, a joint effort by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), found multiple instances of fraud in the manufacturing and sale of Advanced Combat Helmets (ACH) and Lightweight Marine Corps Helmets (LMCH) produced through the program between 2006 and 2009.

The helmets had a slew of defects, "including serious ballistic failures...blisters and improper mounting-hole placement and dimensions, as well as helmets being repressed," according to the report.

The helmets were also found to have been made using "degraded or unauthorized ballistic materials, expired paint, and unauthorized manufacturing methods."

More than 126,000 ACHs were recalled by the end of the program, costing the government more than $19 million.

The inmates were hired by ArmorSource, a private corporation that was the official manufacturer of the ACH, and Federal Prison Industries (FPI), a government-backed organization established to educate inmates and help them find work.

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