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.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. 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.|
|Department of Defense||2. 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.|
|Department of Defense||3. 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.|