Army Acquisition:

Commercial Components Used Extensively in Tactical Trucks

NSIAD-94-240: Published: Sep 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's use of commercial components in tactical trucks, focusing on: (1) whether the Army could meet its tactical truck requirements by purchasing commercial trucks; (2) modifications contractors need to make to existing commercial trucks to meet the Army's requirements; and (3) the Army's requirements that limit the use of commercial trucks.

GAO found that: (1) although Department of Defense standards and key Army operational requirements prevent the Army from purchasing commercial trucks to meet its tactical truck requirements, it is making extensive use of commercial components in the tactical trucks it purchases; (2) of the three tactical truck systems reviewed, two systems required significant modifications and integration of commercial and military components to meet Army requirements; (3) all three Army contractors have used commercial trucks as baselines for their systems; (4) the operational requirements that prevent the Army from using baseline commercial trucks include tactical mobility, deployability, transportability, and survivability; (5) tactical truck contractors must meet rigorous testing standards, develop detailed technical manuals, use standard parts in the Army's inventory system, and adopt military quality standards that are not found in the commercial market place; and (6) although the Army cannot meet its tactical requirements using commercial trucks, it may be able to increase its use of commercial vehicles to meet its non-tactical requirements.

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