The resource constraints and actions taken to mitigate them demonstrate the range of tools available within the DoD for a rapid acquisition. By issuing clear guidance on priority, invoking the Defense Priorities and Allocation System, obtaining waivers to statutory requirements, and intervening where necessary in the supply chain, officials involved with the program virtually eliminated the bottlenecks in resources needed for desired production rates.
As previously discussed, nine manufacturers responded to the original request for proposal, with seven manufacturers’ vehicles tested, and five awarded production contracts. These manufacturers ranged from traditional U.S. defense contractors such as BAE Systems (BAE), General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), and Armor Holdings (AH);21 to niche manufacturer Force Protection Industries, Inc. (FPII); and to a subsidiary of a large commercial manufacturer with no recent defense business,
International Military and Government, LLC (IMG). overview of two of those manufacturers, FPII and IMG, It also provides insight at the lower levels of the supply supplier, SFI Fabrication.
This section will provide an and their history in the program. chain with a vignette on an IMG
Force Protection Industries, Incorporated (FPII)
Force Protection Industries, Incorporated (FPII) traces its roots to the civil wars of southern Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. Prevalent in these conflicts was the use of land mines and other explosive devices, very similar in nature to the threats that U.S. and coalition forces initially faced in Iraq and Afghanistan. In response to significant casualties from these attacks, the South African Government tasked its Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with developing technologies to increase their
CSIR, formed in 1945, “undertakes directed and multidisciplinary innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to
21 Armor Holdings’ Caiman Vehicle is produced by its subsidiary Stewart and Stevenson, maker of the
DoD’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. Armor Holdings is now owned by BAE Systems and operates as BAE-Tactical Vehicle Solutions (BAE-TVS).