GAO states the obvious again

by: Matthew Potter
July 17, 2008

Category: Congress, Federal Budget Process, GAO, production program | RSS 2.0

The GAO released a report stating that in their rush to purchase Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles the services may have set themselves up for some long term costs that were avoidable. See the story here. No kidding. The USMC and Army were thrown money and direction by Congress to purchase as many MRAP as possible and rush them into service. Do you think that there were some thought and steps in the contracting process that could have been more thorough? In the long term neither service wants the MRAP, which was a knee jerk reaction to the IED threat anyway. They are not very mobile or tactical and there will be issues in the future trying to transport them to whatever the next battlefield is.

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