By: Jacques Gansler, William Lucyshyn, William Varettoni
As the largest and fastest industrial mobilization since World War II, the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle program is a testament to the scale and efficiency possible when government and industry collaborate with a sense of urgency, patriotism, and pragmatism. Public pressure over rising casualty numbers, intense political scrutiny, and support from the highest levels of government all combined into a set of unique circumstances. Given great uncertainty in the nature of future security issues, however, urgent and unforeseen needs will frequently press the procurement system. The MRAP program, precisely because of its size and scope, brings into sharp relief the merits and deficiencies of the current system for rapid acquisitions.