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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 5, 2011



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangement of Certain Officers.


On August 5, 2011, Force Protection, Inc. (the “Company”) changed P. Randy Hutcherson’s title and duties from Chief Operating Officer to Chief of Business Development, a new position in the Company’s corporate office.  In this senior leadership role, Mr. Hutcherson, age 57, will focus solely on the Company’s worldwide business development activities and will continue to report directly to Michael Moody, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Hutcherson will remain an executive officer of the Company as defined by Rule 3b-7 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.


Mr. Hutcherson joined the Company as Executive Vice President, Programs, Global Sales and Business Development in April 2009 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in February 2010.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Hutcherson was employed as vice president of tanker programs for EADS North America as well as vice president of rotorcraft programs. In addition to his experience in the private sector, Mr. Hutcherson served 26 years in the United States Marine Corps in a variety of capacities and retired as a Colonel in the Marine Corps Office of Legislative Affairs in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science in systems management from Troy State University and a Master of Science in national security strategies from the National War College.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Force Protection, Inc.





Date: August 10, 2011





/s/ John F. Wall, III





John F. Wall, III



Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and



Corporate Secretary