Late last week a secret Pentagon study was released, revealing that at least 80 percent of marines killed in Iraq by upper body wounds could have survived if they were given extra body armor, armor that has been available since 2003. Until recently, the Pentagon has made a practice of refusing to send the extra armor even after repeated requests from officers in the field, The New York Times reported last week.

Forensic studies by armed forces medical examiners found that even if the plates in the armor currently in use had just been slightly larger, hundreds of deaths could have been prevented. There have been 340 deaths from torso wounds alone.

Read The New York Times editorial on it here.