Last Friday, the Army announced that it was canceling the rapid prototyping phase of the new Optionally-Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV), intended to replace its aging fleet of Bradley Infantry Vehicles. This decision appears to be another in a series of acquisition missteps by the U.S. Army and a blow to the reputation of Futures Command. But before one judges the Army incapable of managing a new vehicle acquisition program, one must remember two things. First, OMFV is not dead; it is being rebooted. Second, the Army has several successful major vehicle acquisition programs underway. The most notable of these is the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). I have written more about this here.
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