If a vendor chose to develop a new design, the JPO stipulated that it had to be produced within 60 days of contract award. One manufacturer, IMG, did design and produce a new and different testable prototype within the 60-day window. The remainder of the manufacturers chose a modern adaptation of a mature, COTS, 30-year-old materiel solution, based on the BAE RG-31.
Tailored Acquisition Approach
By January 31, 2007, the MRAP program had grown into an ACAT II program, a designation that would keep the procurement under the Navy’s purview. However, by February 8, then-Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Kenneth Krieg, recognized the scope of Accordingly, he directed the Navy
the MRAP acquisition
program would grow executive who was
overseeing the MRAP program, Dr. Delores Etter, to plan for MRAP transition ID status (Sherman, 2007, March 15). ACAT-ID designations are reserved for
to ACAT programs
with procurement costs greater than $2.19 overseen by the OSD (Under Secretary of
billion (FY 2000 constant dollars), and Defense, 2003b, p. 21). Dr. Etter said
approved a “tailored plan” for the MRAP MRAP office is making progress to get all
in place to
joint acquisition by the Army and Marine Corps” tailored plan granted leeway to the MRAP program, all facets of the DoD acquisition framework.
(Sherman, 2007, March 15). The allowing simultaneous execution of
Despite the MRAP program’s tailored approach, it was not granted waivers for any of the normal DoD acquisition documentation or required processes. DoD acquisitions are characterized by slow, deliberate and well-documented processes
program was no different, despite its rapid execution. require a Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) prior verify that a system is technologically mature and ready
As an example, all programs to the Milestone C decision to for fielding. Due to the rapid
nature of complete
the MRAP program and its use of a technology readiness assessment
vehicles considered COTS, the JPO did not and requested a waiver of this requirement.