The MRAP was an interesting, almost World War II-era emergency procurement program. Utilizing standard compoents and somewhat standard parts, multiple manufacturers rushed to deliver these mine-resistant vehicles to the conflict area without necessarily crossing all the t’s and dotting the i’s in the paperwork.
But now that car bombs and IEDs are down as much as 80% in Iraq, the paperwork is starting to catch up. The GAO is raising concerns about maintenance costs and budget overruns in this ‘emergency’ funding program. This comes as Congress is considering a version 2 of the MRAP, perhaps this time through the normal budgetary channels.]]>