Progress of the Light Armored Vehicle Program Should Be Closely Monitored

MASAD-82-41: Published: Aug 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1982.

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GAO discussed the Army and Marine Corps' joint Light Armored Vehicle Program, which has been marked by indecision regarding the types of vehicles needed. Although the objective in the beginning was to use off-the-shelf vehicles, a program involving custom-made vehicles is now being discussed with a potential cost of $1 billion. Because of its experience in acquiring armored vehicles, the Army was designated as the contracting agency with overall acquisition responsibility.

GAO found that, since the request for production proposals was issued, both the Army and the Marine Corps have altered their requirements for the types and quantities of vehicles needed. The contract award is to be made in August 1982. These changes, the options retained by each service, and the unfinished testing of vehicles indicate that the composition of the light armored vehicle forces is undecided. GAO concluded that periodic review by the Department of Defense could ensure that the two services are conforming to the intent of Congress and the objectives of the joint program.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should place the Light Armored Vehicle Program under the Selected Acquisition Reporting System to ensure that its progress can be more closely followed by the Department of Defense and by Congress.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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