Force Protection ( FRPT) should no longer feel a pressing need for speed. The South Carolina-based defense contractor continues to blow past its production targets, manufacturing record numbers of mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles. But with demand for MRAPs slowing, the company could wind up with some unwanted time on its hands. Until last month, Force Protection expected to snag up to half of a multibillion-dollar military MRAP order that would keep it busy for a while. Instead, Navistar ( NAVZ) and BAE secured the bulk of that order. Force Protection received a much smaller contract -- representing just 14% of the dollars spent -- that it must split with its larger partner, General Dynamics ( GD). The companies' joint venture, known as Force Dynamics, fielded a year-end order for just 358 MRAP vehicles. The two companies produced almost that many MRAPs last month alone. "Force Protection will be busy through the spring" filling past MRAP orders, Inside the Navy observed last week. But "unless one of the other vendors has difficulty meeting its commitment to deliver vehicles ordered by the Pentagon, it is not clear where sizable new Force Protection orders will come from." The Marine Corps, which has long favored Force Protection's vehicles, feels that it has enough MRAPs already. The Army still plans to order some more MRAPs, unless it changes its mind in coming months, but it has shown a clear preference for vehicles supplied by Navistar and BAE.