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Defense Acqusitions: Rapid Acquisition of MRAP Vehicles: Testimony Before the Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
Mark L. Goldstein (au)
Statement of Mark L. Goldstein, Dir., Acquisition and Sourcing Management, GAO. As of July 2008, about 75% of casualties in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were attributed to improvised explosive devices. To mitigate the threat from these weapons, the Dept. of Defense (DOD) initiated the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) program in Feb. 2007, which used a tailored acquisition approach to rapidly acquire and field the vehicles. In May 2007, the Sec. of Defense affirmed MRAP as DOD's most important acquisition program. To date, about $22.7 billion has been appropriated for the procurement of more than 16,000 MRAP vehicles. This testimony describes the MRAP acquisition process, the results to date, lessons learned from that acquisition, and potential implications for improving the standard acquisition process. It is mostly based on the work GAO has conducted over the past few years on the MRAP program. Most prominently, in 2008, GAO reported on the processes followed by DOD for the acquisition of MRAP vehicles and identified challenges remaining in the program. To describe DOD's approach for and progress in implementing its strategy for rapidly acquiring and fielding MRAP vehicles, GAO reviewed DOD's plans to buy, test, and field the vehicles and discussed the plans with cognizant department and contractor officials. To identify the remaining challenges for the program, GAO reviewed the results of testing and DOD's plans to upgrade and sustain the vehicles. Figures.
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