Why Would the Recent Developments of the JLTV Program Be Applicable to the DIV?
The approach was designed to minimize the cost and quantity of the vehicles that would need to be retrofitted, the vehicle’s program office told Defense News at the time. The decision to delay the full-rate production did not stop the service from beginning to field 300 of the new vehicles to the Army’s 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, making it the first unit equipped with the vehicle in April 2019.
But this was primarily due to program disruption resulting from a contract award protest, according to a Congressional Research Service report published in May titled, “Joint Light Tactical Vehicle: Background and Issues for Congress.” The JLTV program is widely seen as a major acquisition success story.
On August 22, 2012, the Army announced the award of three firm-fixed price JLTV EMD contracts totaling approximately $185 million. The three companies awarded the EMD contracts were AM General, LLC (South Bend, IN); Lockheed Martin Corporation (Grand Prairie, TX); and Oshkosh Corporation (Oshkosh, WI). On September 3, 2013, the Army began JLTV testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; Yuma, AZ; and Redstone Arsenal, AL (CRS Insight IN11281). The Army planned to select a single vendor by 2015, with the first Army brigade being equipped with JLTVs by 2018.
In addition, the collaborative relationship between the technology, requirements and acquisition community allowed the differing objectives of each group to be navigated along the way.
Charlie Gao, “Is the U.S. Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle in Trouble?” The National Interest, February 15, 2020.
CRS Report R46216, The Army’s Modernization Strategy: Congressional Oversight Considerations, by Andrew Feickert and Brendan W. McGarry.
CRS Insight IN11281, New U.S. Marine Corps Force Design Initiatives, by Andrew Feickert