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With Pentagon approval newly in hand, the U.S. Army on Feb. 25 released its request for proposal (RfP) for the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), the service's planned next-generation full-spectrum-combat troop carrier. "I am really hoping for three solid proposals to enter into the technology development phase," Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff, told an audience later that day here at a convention of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). Chiarelli addressed the gathering via video teleconference. Interested companies have until April 26 to submit their proposals. Army officials have said they plan in September to award up to three contracts for the GCV program's 27-month technology development phase. Chiarelli said he rejected the idea that the new vehicle program is Future Combat Systems "warmed over." He told the audience that he had read the requirements document several times and is certain the program is taking a new direction while incorporating lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan. The RfP was delayed two weeks as the Defense Department and the Army discussed details of the service's acquisition strategy, said Maj. Gen. John Bartley, program executive officer for integration. The Army wants to issue the RfP before finishing its formal analysis of alternatives, an unusual move that Pentagon acquisition executive Ashton Carter eventually approved. By approving a materiel development decision, Carter is saying he is willing to consider that there is a need for a ground combat vehicle, Bartley said. "The decision of whether or not there will be a GCV will be at milestone A" in September, he said. The finished analysis of alternatives also will be considered then.With Pentagon approval newly in hand, the U.S. Army on Feb. 25 released its request for proposal (RfP) for the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), the service's planned next-generation full-spectrum-combat troop carrier. "I am really hoping for three solid proposals to enter into the technology development phase," Gen. Peter Chiarelli,

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