5. Humvee Death Traps (Department of Defense IG, 2008)
A Department of Defense IG report on the delayed acquisition of large numbers of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), sparked by the disclosures of whistleblower Franz Gayl, showed that the Pentagon had reports in the mid-nineties that its Humvee vehicles were “death traps”—but failed to act. Although the Pentagon outfitted the Humvees with better protections for use in Iraq, the vehicles still weren’t equipped to protect occupants against improvised explosive devices, the IG found. If Army and Marine Corps officials had acted on urgent requests from Marines in Iraq, countless lives could have been saved.
Image of Humvee in Iraq by Flickr user aliveinbaghdad