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30 Jun 11. The Ground Combat Vehicle (gcv) program will receive another scrub by Defense Department officials in a Defense Acquisition Board Review scheduled for July 21. Questions have arisen about the Army’s need for the GCV in the next seven years as specified by service officials. A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the funds from the canceled Future Combat Systems (FCS) program “were driving the events and activities of the program, versus a true capabilities gap,” GAO’s director of acquisition and sourcing management, Michael Sullivan, testified before Congress. The review comes after a major Army leadership shakeup, with Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the upcoming retirement of Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli; and resignation of acquisition chief Malcolm O’Neill. The moves leave some wondering if the GCV program will maintain support at the service’s highest levels of leadership. Chiarelli had listed GCV as the Army’s second-highest acquisition priority behind the Army’s network. The Defense Acquisition Board includes the four service secretaries, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other undersecretaries of defense. Last August, the Army rescinded its original request for proposals after an internal review was done by the program’s requirements and acquisition strategy. The Army issued revised requests with fewer requirements in November. The second request for proposals dropped the cost target from the $18m to $24m of the first proposal to $9m to $10m per vehicle, Sullivan told Congress in March. However, the $10m price tag could leave the GCV vulnerable to future budget cuts and put it at risk of suffering the same fate as the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, according to analysis by the Congressional Research Service. (Source: Defense News)

30 May 11. “Today we submitted our completed Request for Information (RIF) questionnaire to the U.S. Army for its HMMWV recapitalization program. Our response is focused on BAE Systems’ Integrated SMART V (ISV) platform, which we believe is the optimal solution for this program and our troops. The ISV answers the essential requirements of our armed forces, government and taxpayers by affordably delivering dramatically improved protection and survivability, as well as increased mobility and payload. Today’s submission mirrors our April 1 RFI submission to the U.S. Marine Corps for its HMMWV recapitalization program, illustrating the adaptability of our cross-service solution. As we await a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) from the military, we believe the ISV to a strong contender for an open and fair competition. With the ISV, the Soldier and Marine truly come first. In today’s ever-challenging theatres of battle, the ISV provides the critical survivability enhancements that our troops need now, and the adaptability required for an unknown future. The ISV is designed to accommodate a large percentage of repurposed components from existing HMMWVs, using the in-service HMMWV chassis and power-train. Additionally, the ISV incorporates off-the-shelf and readily available equipment from our proven fleet of battle-tested, mine resistant vehicles, keeping recapitalization and life-support costs down, while allowing for cost effective technology upgrades in the future if required. As the U.S. military takes the next step toward implementing this important program for our men and women in uniform, we look forward to the opportunity to provide our troops with the vehicle protection and mission capability they need and deserve by leveraging our more than 40 years of developing and producing tens of thousands of tactical and mine resistant vehicles with 60+ years of survivability expertise.”
Statement Attribution: Chris Chambers, Vice President and General Manager, Tactical Wheeled Vehicles (TWV) Product Line, BAE Systems

10 May 11. By this summer, Soldiers in Afghanis

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