because it had not been forecast, and therefore the Services had no long- or short-term
plan for funding. changing, making
In addition, through impossible to provide
2007, the total
for FY 2008.
these reasons, to the defense
the MRAP program relied on reprogramming actions, appropriations, and supplemental appropriations.
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
billion in the form of supplemental funding, emergency funding, from other, lower priority programs (Cresswell-Atkinson, 2008a).
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