Congress holds GCV dollars as it waits for report


Army illustration of generic GCV

Some funding for the Ground Combat Vehicle remains on hold after the Army failed to provide a detailed report on the costly program by Jan. 15, a deadline required by the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act.

The Army on Jan. 13 submitted an interim report to Congress, stating the report was not complete and would be submitted in late March, said Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Alayne Conway. The report will include an analysis of alternatives with technical data and an explanation of any plans to adjust the program requirements during the technology development phase.

The authorization act puts a hold on half of the GCV’s budget for research, development, test and evaluation. The Army’s annual budget included $934 million to develop the GCV and overcome “critical capability gaps in both current and future operations.” The congressional hold on those funds expires 30 days after Congress gets the required report.


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