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Additional examples of concurrency exist throughout the program execution, representing the single biggest factor in how the program compressed what would normally be a much longer schedule.

Risk acceptance is the second key factor that enabled rapid acquisition of MRAP vehicles, and is largely connected to the concurrency in execution. Risk acceptance came in multiple forms and in all phases of the acquisition. Examples of risk acceptance critical to the rapid execution of the MRAP program include the following:

  • Acceptance of a materiel solution not necessarily based on consensus in the user community and not ideally suited to the operational environment increased the risk of committing to a product that did not meet warfighter needs.

  • Award of LRIP contracts prior to testing involved risk of procuring vehicles that could not ultimately be used.

  • Award of LRIP contracts based heavily on survivability testing meant risk of procuring vehicles that were unreliable or difficult to maintain.

  • Advanced purchase of materials and production capacity expansion by manufacturers before award of production contracts increased risk of manufacturer losses and liability to the Government.

  • Conditional acceptance of vehicles with minor deficiencies increased tracking requirements and involved risk of passing deficiencies to warfighters.

  • Procurement of multiple variants from multiple manufacturers increased risk of high life cycle cost and complexity in sustainment.

  • Fielding vehicles before parts were fully provisioned in the defense logistics system involved risk of fielding an unsustainable vehicle.

The program includes numerous other examples of risk acceptance, all of which contributed to the overall objective of fielding as many survivable vehicles as quickly as possible.


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