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The Department of Defense (DOD) is acquiring two new tactical wheeled vehicles (TWV): the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The $12.5 billion M-ATV is for use in Afghanistan; JLTV is the future replacement for vehicles like the High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). GAO was asked to assess (1) DOD's progress in rapidly acquiring and fielding M-ATVs, (2) JLTV's expected features and cost compared to other TWV, and (3) the extent to which the current plans for M-ATV and JLTV are consistent with the services' TWV investment strategies. GAO reviewed documents and held discussions with key officials to determine program strategies, costs, performance, and anticipated features; and compared M-ATV and JLTV plans with service strategies.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should enhance the prospects for the successful outcome of the JLTV program by ensuring that the JLTV program clearly demonstrates at the Milestone B decision point that it has achieved a match between its requirements, particularly the transportability and reliability requirements, and available resources (technologies, funding, and schedule) before beginning its engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

In conjunction with follow-up of 2011 Potential Duplication in Government Programs report (GAO-11-318SP) and annual monitoring of TWV report recommendations, TWV engagement team has contacted officials within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Officials have provided periodic assurances that work on a department-wide TWV strategy is underway. While the publication of a department-wide TWV investment strategy, per se, has not yet occurred, DOD is addressing issues raised in our various TWV products, including Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) requirements. According to a DOD official, strategic TWV decisions will culminate in program reviews as DOD prepares its fiscal year 2014 budget request. The budget request will reflect the achievement of a match between JLTV requirements and available resources as the program enters its engineering and manufacturing development phase.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should stage the timing of the DOD-wide TWV strategy so that it captures the knowledge gained during the year from the JLTV technology development phase, as well as from the decisions made on the HMMWV and MRAP programs.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

In conjunction with follow-up of 2011 Potential Duplication in Government Programs report (GAO-11-318SP) and annual monitoring of TWV report recommendations, TWV engagement team has contacted officials within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Officials have provided periodic assurances that work on a department-wide TWV strategy is underway. While the publication of a department-wide TWV investment strategy, per se, has not yet occurred, DOD is addressing issues raised in our various TWV products, including Joint Light Tactical Vehicle requirements, the scope and cost of recapitalizing High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles, and the operation and support costs for the Services' placement of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in their respective force structures. According to a DOD official, strategic TWV decisions will culminate in program reviews as DOD prepares its fiscal year 2014 budget request. The budget request will reflect consideration of the outcome of the JLTV technology development phase, as well as from the decisions made on the HMMWV and MRAP programs.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should include in the strategy a cost-benefit analysis that could minimize the collective acquisition and support costs of the various TWV programs, and reduce the risk of unplanned overlap or duplication. Such cost-benefit analysis should provide an estimate of dollar savings for various options for offsetting JLTV quantities in favor of recapitalizing existing vehicles.
Closed - Not Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Not Implemented.

In conjunction with follow-up of 2011 Potential Duplication in Government Programs report (GAO-11-318SP) and annual monitoring of TWV report recommendations, TWV engagement team has contacted officials within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Officials have provided periodic assurances that work on a department-wide TWV strategy is underway. While the publication of a department-wide TWV investment strategy, per se, has not yet occurred, DOD is addressing issues raised in our various TWV products. According to a DOD official, strategic TWV decisions will culminate in program reviews as DOD prepares its fiscal year 2014 budget request. While the budget request will reflect strategic considerations for TWVs, it does not appear that a cost-benefit analysis will be part of the strategic considerations.

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