Beginning in the early 1990's when the IWBA and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment first publicly unveiled the serious errors and flaws with NIJ testing, it has been obvious that a new body armor test methodology was needed. The recent problems with Zylon and polyethelene/laminate materials, along with the unethical behavior of many in the body armor industry has only reinforced the need for improved testing.
Today the new FBI Body Armor Test Protocol was publicly released. This superbly conceived FBI body armor assessment is the finest in existence, far surpassing that of the NIJ. I highly recommend this cutting-edge and innovative program; it is the new standard for body armor evaluation and will greatly contribute to improved officer safety.
All who rely on body armor to protect them in harms way owe the FBI and SSA Buford Boone an immense debt of gratitude.