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TRANSPORTATION

The initial transportation plan called for completed MRAPs to be shipped and flown directly from Charleston, SC, to Iraq or Kuwait. These vehicles would then be de- processed at the destination before being issued to the receiving units. Until October 2007, all MRAPs were flown into the Iraqi theater because of the urgent need, with the flow reaching three hundred and eighty vehicles per month. Vehicles were flown into Ali Al-Salim Airbase in Kuwait as well as Balad Airbase located on Camp Anaconda in Iraq (Hansen, 2008, June 10). The JPO, Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), individual Services, combatant commands, and DCMA shared the responsibility of placing the vehicles into warfighter hands.

As of this writing, the average time required to ship and field MRAP vehicles is thirty days from the time the vehicle leaves the US. The process of moving the vehicles into theater is depicted in Figure 31 and shows the 10-step process. First, the completed MRAPs are inspected and accepted by DCMA representatives at the manufacturer locations. The MRAP contracts specify Freight On Board Origin (FOB) and the co- location of DCMA assets with manufacturers assists in conditional acceptance of vehicles prior to transport. Next, vehicles are transported from the various manufacturing sites by trailer to SPAWAR in Charleston, SC, where the third step, GFE integration, takes place. Responsibility during this step lies with the MRAP JPO. Following GFE integration, the

vehicles are tested and driven to Charleston Air Force Base for airlift or Naval Weapon Station for sealift. Vehicles identified for use within transported to their destinations by trailer. Once the vehicles are delivered and SPOD, TRANSCOM assumes responsibility for the air- and sealift.

to Charleston the U.S. are to the APOD

The vehicles arriving in Kuwait undergo de-processing and await intra-theater transport which is the responsibility of the combatant commands. These vehicles are sent to respective IPs in Iraq by trailer where the JPO re-assumes responsibility. Receiving units then draw the vehicles, conduct familiarization training as per Service-specific standards, and then move to their respective forward operating bases.

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