Debt Crisis? Bah! The US Army has announced that it’s getting close to holding a full and open competition for its next generation Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). This ground pounding bad boy has brought out almost all of the stars in the prime contracting galaxy, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, AM General and General Dynamics; not to mention a huge network of subcontractors.
That the JLTV is nearly ready for prime time is not a huge surprise. There has been plenty of coverage of the development phase here and elsewhere. What is somewhat surprising is the timing of the announcement, what with all of the shenanigans taking place in that big white building clearly visible across the Potomac from the Pentagon. If the Army gets its way, the JLTV, along with the Humvee Recap and the upcoming Ground Combat Vehicle program, it would be making a huge investment in the ground vehicle inventory. We’ll just have to see what happens on Capitol Hill.
For a more in-depth analysis, check out Philip Ewing’s article on DoD Buzz.