Military Capabilities

Gen McConville: US Army ready to ‘negotiate’ OMFV requirements, schedule with industry

22 January 2020

The US Army may be taking a ‘tactical pause’ to reassess plans to acquire a replacement for its M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet, but the service’s revamped approach will look markedly different and include more industry input, according to US Army Chief of Staff General James McConville. Namely, this time around, the army will not make the schedule the top driver.

The four-star general spoke at a 21 January Association of the US Army (AUSA) breakfast about the recent decision to scrap the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition in order to revisit the requirements and acquisition timeline.

Although the service has asserted that it took industry’s feedback into account before drafting the final request for proposal, army officials declined to adjust the delivery timeline or address industry’s concerns about the final requirements.

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