Regardless, the purpose of this research is not to analyze the acquisition process before, but rather to examine the process after the need was validated and the MRAP program was established.
The JUONS designation led to program start-up and release of the first RFP on November 9, 2006, followed shortly thereafter by official establishment of the JPO in December 2006. Figure 3, below, shows the chronology of the requirements validation from the initial 1,185 to the final total of 15,374 vehicles in September 2007. This demonstrates the explosive growth and initial uncertainty as the program transitioned from an ACAT III program to an ACAT ID program and one of the largest in the DoD.
Chronology of Requirement Validation (From Mann, 2008, Slide 3)