shorter amount of time when compared to other joint programs. For most of the program existence, the JPO functioned with less than 60 government employees and yet still managed to meet mission goals (Hansen, 2008, June 10). Figure 23 depicts the structure of the MRAP JPO, current as of this writing.
MRAP JPO Organizational Structure (From MRAP JPO, 2008c)
Besides accomplishing MRAP contracting, testing, production, and fielding very rapidly, the compactness of the initial JPO produced advantages in that by starting small, the program grew towards right-sizing its personnel as opposed to spread-loading requirements. With the expansion in personnel, individuals who initially worked in excess of 100 hours per week were able to transition to a more reasonable work schedule of 60 hours per week or less. Additionally, by growing the personnel numbers, the JPO allowed individuals who were specialized in certain fields to focus on their areas of
expertise. Prior to the expansion of personnel, individuals had to execute all ten elements 92