X hits on this document

PDF document

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA - page 142 / 153

382 views

0 shares

0 downloads

0 comments

142 / 153

Research indicates that four conditions must exist for a successful rapid

acquisition acceptance,

program: existence of and a dedicated source of

a materiel solution, funding. Analysis of

user acceptance, leadership the MRAP program generally

conforms to as follows:

these

conditions,

but

with

exceptions.

Comparison

with

this

prior

research

is

  • Prior research involving rapid acquisitions concludes that a materiel solution must exist that meets the user’s requirements. Further, this solution must be technologically mature and ready for production. In the case of MRAP, this largely holds true. At the program outset, FPII produced multiple variants of MRAP vehicles that were already in operational use. FPII vehicles, as well as those built by BAE and GDLS were based on technology and designs that date back 30 years. In that respect, a materiel solution did exist, although large production capacity did not. IMG vehicle design and status as the largest MRAP producer provides an exception to this condition, however, in that it did not have a materiel solution at the program start. Rather, that company had only a concept based on proven technology. This shows that a complete materiel solution is not a key factor in enabling a rapid acquisition; the key factor is the presence of a mature technology that meets the requirement. Had extensive research and development work been required, the MRAP program would not have progressed as it did. The IMG example, however, demonstrates that a world-class manufacturer can rapidly take a

mature

technology

from

concept

to

fielded

product.

This

indicates

emphasis should be placed as much on the required technology as on an

the-shelf

product

when

researching

materiel

solutions

for

urgent

needs.

that off- In

cases where the of incentivizing product.

technology exists, the program strategy industry to apply that technology in

should include ways a rapidly produced

  • User acceptance of any fielded product must be considered before assessing its overall success in meeting a requirement. For the MRAP program, user acceptance depends largely on the time frame of the assessment. Prior to

120

Document info
Document views382
Page views382
Page last viewedThu Dec 08 02:30:38 UTC 2016
Pages153
Paragraphs3344
Words40255

Comments