PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND CONTRACTING STRATEGY
EARLY PROGRAM HISTORY
On October 26, 2006, CENTCOM combined two separate Urgent Universal Needs Statements (UUNS) for 185 and 1000 vehicles, respectively, into a single Joint Universal Operational Needs Statement (JUONS) for 1185 MRAPs. Two weeks later, on November 9, MARCORSYSCOM released the first RFP to industry and on December 6,
2006, officially established proposal and submitted bids.
the MRAP JPO.
Ten manufacturers responded to the
IDIQ7 contracts on January 26, 2007 with number of prototype vehicles for testing.
immediate production orders for a minimum Of the nine awarded contracts, two failed to
meet contract requirements initial test phase started for
and were removed from the program prior to testing. The at least one manufacturer in February 2007 and continued
that April Ground,
for other manufacturers. MD, focused heavily on
This initial threshold
testing, conducted at Aberdeen survivability requirements and
requirements. The early decision to use multiple manufacturers the increasing requirement outpaced the industrial capacity
proved sound of any one
7 Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ): The indefinite-delivery contract may be used to
acquire supplies and/or Services when the exact times and/or exact quantities of future deliveries are not known at the time of contract award. The IDIQ contract offers the following advantages:
Flexibility in both quantities and delivery scheduling Ordering of supplies or Services after requirements materialize
Indefinite-quantity contracts limit the Government’s obligation to the minimum quantity specified in the contract
Requirements contracts may permit faster deliveries when production lead time is involved, because contractors are usually willing to maintain limited stocks when the Government will obtain all of its actual purchase requirements from the contractor
Indefinite-delivery contracts may provide for any appropriate cost or pricing arrangement. Cost or pricing arrangements that provide for an estimated quantity of supplies or Services (e.g., estimated number of labor hours) must comply with the appropriate procedures (FAR, 2008, p. 396). All MRAP IDIQ contracts were firm fixed price (FFP) contracts.