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because it had not been forecast, and therefore the Services had no long- or short-term

plan for funding. changing, making

it

In addition, through impossible to provide

September

2007, the total

an accurate

budget estimate

requirement

kept

for FY 2008.

For

these reasons, to the defense

the MRAP program relied on reprogramming actions, appropriations, and supplemental appropriations.

emergency

additions

A potential issue for the Army and Marine Corps concerning the MRAP program is the potential effect on funding for the JLTV program, which is intended to replace the HMMWV. Concerns over redundancy in wheeled vehicle programs led the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to request a long-term strategy update in this regard. As addressed in the DoD Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy released in July 2008, both the Army and Marine Corps intend to place the majority of their MRAP vehicles in war reserves and pre-position stocks (Feickert, 2008).

When a program under consideration for procurement has no long-term plan, financing that effort through normal channels such as the President’s Budget or POM can

be difficult, if not impossible. members of Congress, namely Murtha (D-PA), Chairman of the

However, MRAP had the political backing of key Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) and Representative John House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense who,

among others, assisted appropriations. In addition

in funding the MRAP program though supplemental to supplemental funding, the MRAP program received money

reprogrammed from other linked to a formal budget,

systems. All told, despite not having the MRAP finance office has managed

a long-term plan to execute nearly

that $20

billion in the form of supplemental funding, emergency funding, from other, lower priority programs (Cresswell-Atkinson, 2008a).

and

reprogramming

1.

Funding Actions

A list of funding actions in support of the MRAP program follows:

1. March 28, 2007. Tina Jonas, the DoD comptroller approved shifting $498 million from select Army and Marine Corps procurement accounts into others designated “to accelerate the procurement” of MRAP vehicles. This reprogramming action tapped into seven budget lines, diverting from 40

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