WASHINGTON, DC – In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Army Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) contract being awarded to Oskosh (worth up to $30 billion), Managing Director Jim Tinsley sat down with Francis Rose at Federal News Radio to discuss.
All three competitors were credible, had been thoroughly vetted by the Army and were affordable, so we wouldn’t have been surprised that any of the competitors were chosen.”– James Tinsley
So far, the Army has very explicitly refused to say why they chose Oshkosh. This is considered standard operating procedure, to remain tight lipped until they can formally debrief all parties, in order to decrease the likelihood of protests. With that being said, “there were essentially two major decision factors here: vehicle performance and price,” Tinsley commented. He went on to say that Oshkosh was able to likely justify that they understood how to build this class of vehicle, that they were going to be more credible in providing a vehicle with that type of performance, and they understood what the government wanted to pay for that.
In regards to potential protests, “public companies like Lockheed Martin feel a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to test decisions made by the government,” meanwhile, AM General has nothing to lose by protesting and much to gain, as the JLTV is replacing their Humvee. Tinsley and Rose also discussed the political dynamics and implications surrounding this award.
Listen to the full audio clip here.