Bush Scandals List

323. Substandard military helmets

Jeff Kenner and Tamra Elshaug filed a whistleblower lawsuit in 2006 under the False Claims Act against Sioux Manufacturing Corporation (SMC) alleging that from 1994 to 2006 the company had routinely underwoven Kevlar used to make combat helmets for the US military. Kenner and Elshaug not only had inspection records but recordings from 6 managers and employees worrying about the violations being discovered. Both were fired after protesting SMC’s violations. On December 18, 2007, the North Dakota US Attorney Drew Wrigley announced a settlement with SMC in which the company admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to pay $1,935,000. This was a small fraction of the $159 million that plaintiffs had sought. The Pentagon punished SMC as it usually does by giving the company a $74 million contract to replace the old helmets. That’ll teach’em.

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