WaPo has an interesting report on the improvements in flak jackets worn by US military personnel. While they appear the same on television, the vests now routinely worn by all US soldiers in combat zones are radically lighter and better at stopping projectiles than even their Desert Storm era predecessors. As a result, the vast majority of injuries suffered by US personnel are now to the limbs or head.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.