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several suppliers to multiple manufacturers, all competing for essentially the same resources. This requires consideration of seemingly obscure items such as paint, in addition to the obvious issues such as tires and steel.

C.

INTEGRATION OF GOVERNMENT FURNISHED EQUIPMENT (GFE)25

At the MRAP program outset, one of the initial areas of concern involved the integration of GFE. This effort involves the installation of an average of 10 additional

systems mounts,

per vehicle.

These systems range

intercom

systems,

and

driver

night

frequency

jammers,

spotlights,

and

antennae.

from internal components such as radio sights, to external systems such as IED To add to the complexity involved with

adding these Service and requirements

systems to multiple variants of vehicles from five manufacturers, each

SOCOM required unique packages of GFE. have never stabilized, making the integration effort

In addition, the GFE a process of continuous

change and refinement. Figure 20, the current vehicle GFE packages by Service, clearly demonstrate the complexity involved in this process. They also show the overall value stream.

mix by Service, and Figure 21, the number of unique variations and the criticality of integration within

25 The majority of the information in this section is drawn from an interview with Peter Ward (2008,

August 5), Industrial Engineer at SPAWAR Systems Center Charleston. 79

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