JLTV Ceremony
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The Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program

formally recognized a new Project Manager November 2, 2012. In a ceremony

at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan, JLTV management responsibility

officially transferred from Col. David Bassett to Col. John Cavedo.

Mr. Kevin Fahey, the Army's Program Executive Officer for Combat Support

and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) officiated the ceremony.

"JLTV is one of the best structured programs I've ever seen," said Fahey.

"[JLTV] is critically important to providing our joint force the mix of

protection, payload, and performance they need to succeed in full-spectrum

operations," he continued, "and I'm glad this is a joint project. The

Joint Force fights together, and the more we work on acquisition together,

the better off our combat forces will be."

Fahey is no stranger to joint acquisition projects, having led much of the

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle fielding effort, and he

currently oversees a portfolio that includes the Joint Program Offices for

both JLTV and MRAP.

Col. Cavedo comes to JLTV from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he served as

Deputy TRADOC Capabilities Manager for Mission Command. "I deeply

appreciate this opportunity," said Col. Cavedo, "to help field the next

generation of tactical vehicles for our Soldiers, Marines, and partners

across the Joint Force."

Although the Army serves in the program lead, the Marine Corps' PEO Land

Systems is a full partner on the JLTV team. "The program's real success is

that we were able to keep costs down without compromising key, Service-

specific requirements," said Deputy PEO Land Systems Mr. Dan Pierson, "and

that makes this program a real model."

JLTV remains an important element of the Army and Marine Corps' Tactical

Wheeled Vehicle strategy and a key Army modernization priority,

representing a new generation in automotive technology and networked

operations. Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting

last month, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said that the

Army's modernization strategy is centered on the "Soldier and the Squad"

and entails both "an overarching network architecture," and "network-ready

combat and tactical wheeled vehicles designed to maneuver our formations

with increased lethality and mobility, while optimizing survivability."

Cavedo replaces Col. David Bassett, whose three year Project Manager tenure

included the completion of a competitive JLTV Technology Development phase.

That successful effort allowed the Services to reduce the subsequent

Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase from 48 to 33 months

and the target vehicle cost to $250,000.

Col. Bassett recently accepted a new role as Deputy PEO CS&CSS. He now

joins Mr. Fahey in overseeing life-cycle management for more than 350

tactical wheeled vehicle and force projection systems-including JLTV.

"JLTV represents a leap ahead in automotive technology," said Col. Bassett,

"improving tactical vehicle fuel economy, mobility, protection, and on-

board power in a single vehicle. It promises a platform that can adapt to

multiple missions and carry the networked capabilities our Soldiers need in

future fights, and I wish the JLTV team well."

Joint Program Office JLTV is currently working with vendors on the EMD

phase, for which the Army awarded three, 27 month contracts in August 2012.

Following EMD, the government intends to award a single, Low Rate Initial

Production contract in the 4th quarter of Fiscal Year 2015. Over the long

term, the Army plans to purchase approximately 50,000 JLTVs, and the Marine

Corps plans to purchase approximately 5,000.

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