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Cover: A soldier wearing protective equipment (left); up-armored high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) (center); drawing showing penetration of target (right, upper) and interface defeat—the goal of protective material (right, lower). The lower border serves as a reminder of the continued increase in threat that drives the need for advances in protective materials.

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