Quick wins show the benefits of DoD's Rapid Acquisition Program
June 11, 2012
During the last 10 years, the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan has brought forth the need for initiatives to bridge the capability gaps in the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition cycle. In order to provide the best possible wartime support to tactical and operational commanders, DoD implemented the Rapid Acquisition Program. The program supports operational needs that cannot be met by existing programs of record, or within the DOD 5000 acquisition model. This initiative provides critical end items to commanders on a real-time basis.
As demonstrated through the rapid fielding of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, DoD provided this item to soldiers by implementing the tailored acquisition approach to rapidly acquire and field the MRAP.
DoD awarded nine indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts to commercial sources in 2006 for the production of these vehicles. The initial objective was to procure a small fleet of MRAPs for the Marine Corps' use in Iraq. However, additional requests from the Army for this vehicle increased the demand. In light of this, DoD went from an inventory of zero MRAPs to 15,000 vehicles in less than three years.