As with any decision, the risk acceptance and concurrency that enabled rapid execution of the MRAP program came with trade-offs. As one example, the use of a COTS technology and materiel solution resulted in procurement of thousands of vehicles that are largely one-dimensional. The size and weight of the MRAP vehicles limit mobility in restrictive terrain, thereby limiting the range of mission capability. Although very effective at increasing survivability, MRAP vehicles do so at the expense of mobility and, therefore, do not meet all warfighter needs. As another example, the use of multiple manufacturers, although critical in achieving the desired production rates, increased training requirements for operators and maintainers, added complexity in sustainment, and increased life-cycle costs as compared to a common vehicle. Multiple other trade-offs exist for every case of risk acceptance in the program.
In conclusion, the MRAP program represents an important example of how the
defense acquisition system can rapidly react to meet highlights the key factors that enabled program success
warfighter needs. in rapidly fielding
This report thousands of
vehicles: concurrency and risk
acceptance and DoD
enabled by leadership
unprecedented political support, obviously, is
and DoD situation
dependent and is largely out of a PM’s control. acquisition processes and heavy risk acceptance Therefore, this report does not provide a guide to
In addition, concurrent execution of is not appropriate for every program. rapid acquisitions that can apply to all
does, however, provide an example of risk can be tailored to the urgency of many needs
acceptance and concurrent on a case-by-case basis. In
addition, the modified acquisition process used to develop and demonstrates that the current acquisition management framework and flexible enough to enable rapid execution of major weapons systems.
field the MRAP JCIDS process are