point in the program, however, several thousand vehicles were already under contract with manufacturers ramping toward full capacity. This example demonstrates the unique nature of the MRAP program in that the T&E plan was fully executed (and continues to be), with a level of detail on par with any other major program. The difference and associated trade-off in this case, however, is that most of the production and source selection decisions were made before the test results could fully inform the final design and production.
MRAP Test Overview
(From Mann, 2008, Slide 11)
KEY FACTORS AND TRADE-OFFS
Testing for the MRAP program is unique in many ways. The unprecedented funding, political pressure from numerous sources, and emphasis by senior leaders in the DoD, including the Secretary of Defense, gave this program advantages that will be