Marine Corps Implementation of the Urgent Universal Needs Process for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles [open pdf - 3MB]
Alternate Title: Marine Corps Implementation of the Urgent Universal Needs Process for MRAPs
"At the request of the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, we reviewed the Marine Corps decision making process to determine whether the decision makers responded appropriately and timely to the February 2005 Urgent Universal Need Statement (UUNS) submitted by field commanders for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)-type vehicles. Shortly after the June 2005 decision by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to replace all High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) in theater with the M1114 up-armored HMMWV, the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Installations and Logistics advised Marine Corps generals that the M1114 up-armored HMMWV was the best available, most survivable asset to protect Marine Corps forces. In reaction, the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) stopped processing the UUNS for MRAP-type vehicle capability in August 2005. Specifically, MCCDC officials did not develop a course of action for the UUNS, attempt to obtain funding for it, or present it to the Marine Corps Requirements Oversight Council for a decision on acquiring an MRAP-type vehicle capability. Further, the MCCDC did not, as it could and should have in July 2005, request that the Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) take advantage of new Joint Staff processes available to address an immediate and apparent joint warfighter need for an MRAP-type vehicle capability."
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