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suitable substitutes (Hansen, 2008, June 10). An example of this is the Caterpillar C7 engine which is used in two of the MRAP vehicle variants, as well as the Marine Corps LAV and the Army Stryker vehicles. Most of the parts on this engine already existed in the supply system, making provisioning simple. IMG, on the other hand, used its own proprietary engines that were not previously used within the DoD. Provisioning in this case required significantly more time and effort, as new NSNs were assigned and cataloged within the supply system.

As stated by Deputy PM, Dave Hansen, “Ninety-nine percent of all technical data is used for provisioning and making sure that we can support the parts in the system for a long period of time” (2008, June 10). Therefore, even if a component is proprietary with no match in the supply system, the JPO can still load the component into the system, identifying it as being solely distributed by a particular manufacturer. In addition, EDFP serves as a form of insurance that allows the Government to procure a needed part even if the original manufacturer goes out of business or stops producing that part. Finally, EDFP assists the DLA in accepting or rejecting a product, thereby helping to ensure that the end users get suitable parts.

Within the MRAP program, the manufacturers were required to participate in a production verification audit. This audit held all manufacturers accountable for the technical data they provided and assisted the JPO in understanding vehicle configuration provided by each of the manufacturers. The JPO insisted that manufacturers correct

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the technical data helps the Government to maintain which to support sustainment operations (D. 2008, October 15).

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The technical data for the MRAP program concerning maintenance is currently collected at the unit or organizational level. Data indicating reliability, maintainability, and operational availability would normally be available as the result of testing and therefore influence acquisition programs, but the MRAP program rapid testing with

emphasis on survivability prevented this data from being collected prior to vehicle 94

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