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  • Ground Combat Vehicle Program Faces Questions
    Posted by Paul McLeary 2:18 PM on Aug 22, 2011

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    Even though the Pentagon’s acquisition chief, Ashton Carter, approved the award of two technology development contracts worth almost $900 million for the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program last week, questions remain about the GCV’s future.

    As part of the Acquisition Decision Memorandum Carter signed, he instructed the Army to conduct two separate analysis of alternatives (AOAs), which will come on top of the AOA the Army has already completed to ensure that no existing programs can perform the tasks envisioned for the GCV. Speaking with reporters Aug. 19, U.S. Army Col. Andrew DiMarco, the GCV project manager, said the analysis “looked at a variety of platforms,” including the Bradley and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, as well as several foreign programs like the Puma, made by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme.

    One of the sticking points of the memorandum signed by Carter was the issue of the differing price estimates between the Army and the Pentagon’s Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE). While the Army is sticking to its range of $9-10.5 million average unit manufacturing cost, and its $11-13 million estimate for average unit production cost—which includes spare parts—CAPE estimates the average unit production cost to be “in the $16 [million] to $17 million range,” DiMarco says. He accounted for the discrepancy as the result of “different methodologies” used to estimate costs. the rest of this story here.....

    Tags: Army, acquisition, GCV, ar99

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