DOD scales back JTRS ground mobile radio buy

Defense Department officials told lawmakers that a major scaling back of the Army’s Joint Tactical Radio System’s Ground Mobile Radio program will save the department as much as $15 billion in projected costs, reports Defense News.

The Army reduced planned purchases of the system from 86,956 to 11,030, resulting in a critical breach of the Nunn-McCurdy statute, according to an Aug. 10 information paper released by the DOD.

Army officials had informed lawmakers in May that JTRS GMR would breach the statute, which requires DOD to notify Congress if a program’s cost has risen substantially beyond its original baseline estimate.

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