Based on the research assessed, several trends are evident in successful rapid acquisition programs, both prior to and since the start of the Global War on Terror. First, this research indicates that a materiel solution must be present as a COTS or non- developmental item to allow rapid procurement. Second, the solution must be accepted by both the senior leadership within the DoD and by the user community. Finally, the program must have a reliable funding stream. All of these have been critical to the MRAP’s success.
This research also reveals another issue of even more significance to the MRAP program: the limits placed on all current rapid acquisition processes by law and DoD acquisition regulations and instructions. As all processes are limited to ACAT II and lesser programs, the ACAT I level MRAP program was forced to progress under the
Acquisition Management and and with rare, non-standard
JCIDS framework, albeit in a Congressional funding actions.
demonstrate, however, successfully applied to
the principles behind existing rapid acquisition processes ACAT I level programs, provided the need is urgent.