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Release No: 768-10
August 25, 2010

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 jimmie.cummings@us.army.mil.