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The Army could leverage the burgeoning U.S. truck market for its tactical-wheeled vehicle needs if it could do a better job of communicating with manufacturers, a Government Accountability Office report released July 15 said.

“The Army does not always communicate information about future plans in a coordinated manner or provide a consistent message to industry,” according to the report, titled “Tactical Wheeled Vehicles: Army Should Routinely Update Strategy and Improve Communication with Industry.”

GAO investigators spoke with company officials and trade associations and found a good deal of frustration on the part of executives. The U.S. truck industry is flourishing, the report noted, but many manufacturers are not participating in Army vehicle programs. The service is losing out on increased competition as well as innovative technologies, GAO added.

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Originally published July 15, 2021.