Business as Usual

After Protest, U.S. Army Stops JLTV Work

Northrop-Oshkosh wasn’t one of the top three, so they filed a protest. The entire program is on hold for at least “several weeks.”

Northrop-Oshkosh claims they were never informed that they needed to have a fully assembled demonstrator unit.

UPDATE: Via email:

Current schedule from identification of need (2005) until production start (2013) is only 8 years. That is just way too fast. We’re going to need a lot more help like this before we can get it to a more normal 15 year program.

Cue laughter. To be followed by tears.


  1. See, the problem is that protesting is free, so there is seldom a disincentive to protest.

    I’d be surprised if they’re only down several weeks. It could be 6-9 months or more, depending on what the GAO finds. Though if that statement is NG’s sole reason to protest, it sounds pretty shakey — the need for a fully assembled demonstrator is something that would be clearly spelled out in any halfway competent RFP.

  2. Hawk: Exactly. But if the ruling is in Northrop-Oshkosh’s favor, they’re going to have to give time for them to meet the “new” requirement.

    Unlike the KC-X tanker, we needed the JLTV years ago.

  3. I’m anything but an expert, but it sure seems to me our procurement system is as broken as the financial system. 15 year development cycle?? What the bleep!! I can’t believe it could take that long for less than experimental technology. I’ve subscribed to AFJI for more than 20 years, from the bulk of the procurement related articles……it seems to me our military project mangers frequently have cozy, unprofessional, non objective relationships with the contractors they’re assigned to oversee/work with.

  4. If we could get the willy MB in 11 days, why cant they just get off their broke asses and just make a prototype like they asked a good minute ago

  5. …”We were not informed that a demonstrator was a significant factor in the determination of the maturity of the design,” Northrop spokesman Jay McCaffrey said.”

    … I really do not know what to say. DUH? or DOH! How could you expect someone to take you seriously if you never even built a prototype?

  6. The point of the contract was to build prototypes, but they treated you as non-complient if you didn’t have one before the proposal stage. The claim that their number 3 choice was innovative was a hugh laugh.

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