USA — Army Adjusts Ground Combat Vehicle Program Acquisition Strategy

Fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive review of its Ground Com­bat Vehi­cle pro­gram, the Army today announced that it has can­celled the orig­i­nal con­tract solic­i­ta­tion and will issue a revised Request for Pro­pos­als (RFP) that will bet­ter ensure an achiev­able, afford­able and time­ly infantry fight­ing vehi­cle.

The review was con­duct­ed by both the Army and Office of Sec­re­tary of Defense, Acqui­si­tion, Tech­nol­o­gy and Logis­tics (OSD (AT&L)) as part of a con­tin­u­ing effort to ensure that all Army acqui­si­tions effec­tive­ly and afford­ably meet the needs of our sol­diers. The con­tract can­cel­la­tion was made at the ear­li­est stage of the acqui­si­tion process, result­ing in up to a six month delay of the pro­gram, which will best ensure the long-term suc­cess of the Ground Com­bat Vehi­cle pro­gram by bet­ter align­ing vehi­cle capa­bil­i­ties with the antic­i­pat­ed needs of future com­bat operations. 

In May 2010, the Army part­nered with OSD (AT&L) to con­duct a thor­ough study of the Ground Com­bat Vehi­cle pro­gram, referred to as a Red Team analy­sis. The Red Team review rec­om­mend­ed that the Army pri­or­i­tize the planned vehicle’s capa­bil­i­ties to meet achiev­able goals with­in the program’s acqui­si­tion sched­ule. This holis­tic review includ­ed an exam­i­na­tion of vehi­cle capa­bil­i­ties, oper­a­tional needs, the acqui­si­tion strat­e­gy, pro­gram sched­ule and tech­nol­o­gy readiness. 

In con­junc­tion with the Red Team rec­om­men­da­tions, the Army deter­mined that it must revise the acqui­si­tion strat­e­gy to rely on mature tech­nolo­gies in order to reduce sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­men­tal risk over a sev­en year sched­ule fol­low­ing the ini­tial con­tract award. The refined RFP will result in a vehi­cle that pro­vides sol­diers with crit­i­cal armored pro­tec­tion in the mod­ern com­bat environment. 

Based on these rec­om­men­da­tions, the Army, in con­sul­ta­tion with OSD (AT&L), deter­mined that with­draw­ing and revis­ing the RFP was the most pru­dent means of ensur­ing long-term pro­gram­mat­ic suc­cess. Details of the spe­cif­ic RFP changes are still being final­ized. The Army antic­i­pates issu­ing the new solic­i­ta­tion with­in the next 60 days. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Lt. Col. Jim­mie Cum­mings, Army Pub­lic Affairs, 703–697-7591 or

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