The armor kits went to vehicles in particular danger to insurgents in Iraq, such as Humvees, and to IED-response vehicles like the JERRV and the Buffalo. Marine Corps and counter-IED officials claimed that they awarded the contracts based on "market research" demonstrating the superiority of Force Protection to provide the armor, but couldn't supply any such research to IG investigators.
In some cases, contracts were awarded to FP months before the results of testing on the vehicles' armor requirements was even available. The Armor Holdings subsidiary Simula didn't have adequate production capabilities or quality controls in place -- something the responsible TACOM official didn't bother to check before she awarded Simula its contract. As a result, Simula missed numerous shipping deadlines, delivered armor kits that covered only the left-hand-side of Humvee doors, and didn't even deliver sufficient "nuts, bolts and other hardware" for installing the armor that did make it to Iraq.
One thing the report doesn't establish is why these two companies got such lucrative contracts when they were both so clearly sub-par and competing suppliers existed. But Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who ordered the IG report, said today that she still needs to know "why military officials who were aware of other competitors were overruled," and she's calling on the Oversight and Armed Services committees in the House to hold hearings on the contracts.