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and identify key elements that contributed to the program’s success. The results will serve as a guide for the future development of other rapid acquisition initiatives and assist future acquisition leaders in decision-making.

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RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

The first objective with this research is to provide a guide for future rapid acquisition programs based on the limited time under which the MRAP vehicle was procured. This report will document the conduct of the program from the initial needs identification and program start in 2006 through production and fielding at the time of this writing. The major analysis will focus on the MRAP program as a rapid acquisition within the context of the Acquisition Management and Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) framework. The goal of this analysis is to answer the following question: What are the key factors and decisions from this program that contributed to success, with success defined as meeting program objectives and warfighter needs? In addition, this report will address the key trade-offs made within the MRAP program and the potential long-term impacts of these decisions.

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METHODOLOGY

This report focuses on three broad areas within the MRAP program. First, it addresses the program management and contracting issues. This includes an overview and analysis of the needs identification, generation of required capabilities, source selection, contracting actions, budget and finance actions, and the program management organization. The second focus area covers testing and evaluation, resource constraints, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) involvement and contractor certification, manufacturing, quality control, and integration of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE). The third and final focus area details the program fielding and support strategy, training plan, logistics, and transportation plan.

The framework for this analysis involves identifying the key factors that contributed to success in each of the three focus areas. The research draws on documents available from open sources such as major news reports, the Government Accountability

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