Army Modernization The Warfighting Rapid Acquisition Program Needs More Specific Guidance
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This report responds to your request that we evaluate the Annys implementation of the Warfighting Rapid Acquisition Program WRAP. You had expressed some concern about the programs performance and direction in its first 2 years. This report discusses the current status of the program. During congressional testimony in early 1996, the Army Chief of Staff requested funds from Congress to speed up the fielding of urgently needed new technologies to the soldier. The Chief of Staff stressed that Congress and the Army could accelerate the development of new technologies by making funds available more quickly than is normally required in the budget process for new programs. The Army proposed WRAP as a tool that would help jump-start technologies that were still under development but near mg the production phase. These new technologies were being tested in Army experiments designed to support a new warfighting concept called Force Xx. Force Xx embodies the Armys vision of how military operations will be carried out in the 21st century and relies heavily on the fielding in the year 2000 of the 4th Infantry Division, the Armys first digitized division. The Army selected technologies slated for WRAP funding from those tested in the Task Force XXI Advanced Warfighting Experiment AWE, completed in March 1997 and carried out to support the first digitized division. Congress added 50 million to the Armys fiscal year 1997 budget. The money eventually funded the first 11 WRAP initiatives. However, the House Committee on Appropriations, in its report on the fiscal year 1997 defense appropriations biff, expressed concern that WRAP funds might be used for limited fielding of unbudgeted items that had not competed for funds and would not be affordable in future budgets.
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