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TITLE I Procurement

 

House Conference Report 109-360

SEC. 114. ACQUISITION STRATEGY FOR TACTICAL WHEELED VEHICLE PROGRAMS.

    (a) Army- If, in carrying out a program for modernization and recapitalization of the fleet of tactical wheeled vehicles of the Army, the Secretary of the Army determines to award a contract for procurement of a new vehicle class for the next-generation tactical wheeled vehicle, the Secretary shall award and execute the acquisition program under that contract as a joint service program with the Marine Corps.

    (b) Marine Corps- If, in carrying out a program for modernization and recapitalization of the fleet of tactical wheeled vehicles of the Marine Corps, the Secretary of the Navy determines to award a contract for procurement of a new vehicle class for the next-generation tactical wheeled vehicle, the Secretary shall award and execute the acquisition program under that contract as a joint service program with the Army.

    (c) Applicability Only to New Vehicle Class- Subsections (a) and (b) do not apply to a contract for modifications, upgrades, or product improvements to the existing fleet of tactical wheeled vehicles of the Army or Marine Corps, respectively.

Acquisition strategy for tactical wheeled vehicle programs (sec. 114)

The House bill contained a provision (sec. 114) that would require the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Navy to enter into a joint service program for the procurement of a new vehicle class of tactical wheeled vehicles.

The Senate amendment contained no similar provision.

The Senate recedes.

The conferees support the Army's revised strategy for acquiring tactical wheeled vehicles and understand the Army intends to recapitalize, modernize, and eventually replace the Army's existing light, medium, and heavy tactical wheeled vehicles with either a new next generation vehicle class or more capable current force tactical wheeled vehicles. The conferees are aware that, in some areas, the Army and Marine Corps are cooperating in the development of tactical wheeled vehicle replacements. However, the conferees also understand that the Marine Corps has its own program to replace an aging fleet of battlefield resupply vehicles, the Logistics Vehicle System-Replacement program, even though it appears that the Army's Palletized Load System could be an adequate replacement for Marine Corps resupply vehicles. The conferees believe that the Army and Marine Corps can do more to coordinate tactical wheeled vehicle requirements and execute a joint service program to acquire tactical wheeled vehicles. The conferees encourage the Army-Marine Corps Board to review the current requirements for Army and Marine Corps tactical wheeled vehicles with the intent to converge tactical wheeled vehicle requirements and acquisition.
 

House Report 109-089

SECTION 114--ACQUISITION STRATEGY FOR TACTICAL WHEELED VEHICLE PROGRAMS

This section would require the Army and the Marine Corps to enter into a joint service program for the procurement of a new vehicle class of tactical wheeled vehicles. The committee understands the Army is actively engaged in implementing a revised tactical wheeled vehicle (TWV) modernization and recapitalization strategy with the intent to recapitalize, modernize and eventually replace its existing light, medium, and heavy tactical wheeled vehicles with either a new next generation vehicle class or more capable recapitalized tactical wheeled vehicles that have integrated new technologies and incorporated lessons learned from operations involving the global war on terrorism. The committee supports Army investment into its TWV fleet. Cost reduction strategies, reliability and maintainability improvement initiatives, and life cycle support recommendations are encouraged by the committee.

The committee is aware that costs of Department of Defense weapons systems, including non-developmental platforms such as tactical wheeled vehicles continue to escalate and note the benefit competition can bring to weapon systems and vehicle platforms. The committee recognizes a major component of this TWV strategy involves a competition in calendar year 2006, defined as a watershed event by the Army.

The committee directs that should the Army or the Marine Corps as a result of this competition, choose to award a new non-developmental production contract for a new vehicle class of TWV other than those referenced above as modifications, upgrades or product improvements to the existing fleet, the contract should be executed as a joint service program between the Army and the Marine Corps. This joint service program should be validated and approved by the Joint Requirement Oversight Council and the Secretary of Defense.

The committee believes its imperative for the Department to take advantage of economies of scale in production of particular platforms that provide essentially the same function for ground force combat service support and logistic missions.

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