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successfully passed the threshold requirements of the initial test phase. Testing included

survivability, automotive, safety, and user tests; results were subsequently used

source

selection

criteria.

The

manufacturers

that

successfully

passed

in part as threshold

requirements for the first test phase (DT-C1) were awarded series of LRIP contracts. Figure 4 shows a comparison of the approach with the traditional acquisition framework.

production orders under a tailored MRAP acquisition

MRAP Acquisition Strategy

Traditional Acquisition Framework

RFP

Sole Source contract award

Solicitation

Proposal Evaluation

Proposal Evaluation

IDIQ

Source Selection

Low risk

High risk

Award Contract

LRIP 1 & 2

Developmental / User Testing

Developmental and user tests

LRIP

FRP

LRIP contract

Additional Testing

Figure 4.

Comparison of MRAP Acquisition Strategy and a Traditional Acquisition Framework

On May 2, 2007, Secretary of Defense Gates designated the MRAP as the number one DoD procurement priority (Young, Greenwalt, & Hoover, 2007, p. 2). This effectively made MRAP the widely accepted materiel solution at a time when the

warfighter and user communities were not yet in consensus on a the MRAP. In a sense, the top-driven emphasis placed the process in the hands of the acquisition community, rather than

single solution, let alone requirements generation users. This represents a

trade-off in that not all users got the solution they wanted. not necessarily get the best overall solution because of this

In addition, warfighters did lack of defined requirement.

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