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command of the test center in June 2005, was involved with the first bolt-on armor kits that were the initial solution to the IED threat. As such, he has been involved with the MRAP program from its start and has been instrumental to its success.

COL Rooney first learned of the MRAP program in November 2006 during a conversation with Paul Mann, who became the MRAP Joint Program Manager that

December.

Upon learning of the scope, timing, and

Rooney

immediately

began

planning

for

the

testing.

He

priority of

the

program, COL

determined

that

an approximate

250-member team would be 2,000-member organization,

required, and he started building as well as hiring new personnel

this team from

within his

to backfill for

these new

positions.

He

shortfalls

in

the

also analyzed the scope test center’s capacity that

of the program and determined two major would slow the test process: a limited number

of survivability

ranges

needed a $12

million

and anthropomorphic test devices investment in the survivability

(test dummies). COL Rooney ranges, which he secured by

leveraging the importance of the test capacity between December the quantity of anthropomorphic

MRAP program. This allowed him to triple the center’s 2006 and March 2007. In addition, he built, over time, test devices from eight at the program start to 45, at the

time of this report. These facility and equipment upgrades were key to the success because of the time intensive nature of the set-up and the data collection in survivability testing.

program involved

In conjunction with the MRAP JPO, COL Rooney’s team developed an aggressive test program that fed directly into source selection. In effect, the program office established threshold specifications based primarily on survivability. As soon as

manufacturers delivered test vehicles to plan. Manufacturers meeting initial automotive characteristics were given

Aberdeen, those vehicles were tested as per this

thresholds for survivability as well

production

contracts.

Although

all

as basic vehicles

meeting of sorts, possibly

those standards were ultimately purchased, the process started as a competition with the first vehicle or vehicles successfully passing the testing program and receiving all of the initial orders. This screening process, heavily focused on

survivability but much to the program, but it

less also

on reliability and maintainability, introduced significant risk added two notable benefits. First, the promise of multiple

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