Frank Kendall, Defense Dept Acquisition Chief, Chosen to Wash100 for Military Procurement Leadership

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Executive Mosaic is honored to introduce Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, as the newest inductee into the Wash100 — a group of influential leaders in the government contracting industry.

Kendall oversees DoD’s programs on acquisition, contract administration, research and engineering, logistics and materiel readiness, the defense industrial base and weapons of mass destruction.

Kendall received Senate confirmation for his appointment to the post May 2012 and spearheads the Pentagon’s work on the defense acquisition enterprise and the “Better Buying Power 3.0” initiative, which the department released in the fall of 2014.

BBP 3.0 primarily focuses on the goal to decrease the time it takes to bring new technologies to soldiers in the field and also includes an emphasis on public-private partnerships.

“The areas we’re looking at in the technological offset strategy include things like autonomy, unmanned systems in [different] domains, ways to extend our range capabilities so we can operate and generate effects and generally control forces farther away,” he told Defense News at the time.

His DoD career includes service as principal deputy undersecretary and acting undersecretary for AT&L, director of tactical warfare programs and assistant deputy undersecretary for strategic defense systems.

His private sector career includes time as vice president of engineering at Raytheon and a managing partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors.

Kendall has served in the U.S. Army and is a former member of the Army Science Board, as well as a human rights lawyer who has worked with Amnesty International.

He has received several federal civilian and military awards such as the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive (Senior Executive Service), Army Commendation Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Executive Mosaic congratulates Frank Kendall and the Defense Department team for their selection to receive this award.


About The Wash100

This year represents our fifth annual Wash100 award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic's organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, achievement, and vision.

Related Media

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Frank Kendall, Christopher Miller: DoD Moves to Integrate Health Data Systems 11/23/2015
Terry Halvorsen, Frank Kendall: New Guidebook Aims to Help Integrate Cybersecurity into Acquisition 11/06/2015
Frank Kendall: New Lab to Support DoD’s Distributed Test, Evaluation Agenda 10/26/2015
Frank Kendall OKs Consolidated Shipboard Networks Program’s Full Deployment 10/23/2015
Frank Kendall: Lawmakers Removed NDAA's Acquisition Reform Language Under Debate 10/07/2015
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Jerry McGinn: DoD Should Use Analytics to Predict Industrial Base Performance 10/06/2015
Reports: Frank Kendall, Ashton Carter Against ‘Excessive’ Mergers in Defense Industry 10/01/2015
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Frank Kendall: Pentagon’s Draft Acquisition Rule on Commercial Items Needs to be 'More Specific' 09/10/2015
Frank Kendall: Sequestration Hangs Over Defense Acquisition Programs 09/03/2015
Frank Kendall: Rocket Engine Development Cost Sharing a Possibility 08/13/2015
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John McCain: Defense Acquisition Reform Ideas Aimed at Accountability, 'Unwarranted Optimism' 07/10/2015
Frank Kendall: DoD AT&L to Support JIEDDO's Rapid Acquisition Needs 07/02/2015
Frank Kendall Urges Defense Acquisition Staff to Help Increase DoD’s Tech Capacity 06/25/2015
Report: Frank Kendall Concerned Over Timing of John McCain's DoD Acquisition Reform Plans 06/23/2015
Frank Kendall to Sign Reform Plan for DoD Services Acquisition Program 06/10/2015
Reports: Air Force Long Range Bomber Review Finished, Contract Award Set for August 06/05/2015
Frank Kendall: DoD, Partners Eye Savings With Planned F-35 Block Buy 06/01/2015
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Air Force to Demo Lab Research Projects at DoD Event; Tom Masiello Comments 05/11/2015
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Frank Kendall: STEM Workforce Dev't, BBP 3.0 Key to US Tech Superiority 04/27/2015
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Frank Kendall: DoD Wants Modular Design for Future Air Force Bombers 04/13/2015
Robert Work, Frank Kendall: DoD Aims to Innovate with Commercial Sector Through BBP 3.0 04/10/2015
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Army Seeks Contractors for Cyber Support to US-Korea Forces 04/06/2015
Report: Defense Industrial Base Concerns Emerge As Bomber Contract Awarding Nears 04/06/2015
Frank Kendall Highlights BBP Mission, Public Service Track for STEM 04/02/2015
Frank Kendall: Better Buying Power 3.0 Implementation Guide in The Works 03/17/2015
Frank Kendall: Service Chiefs Should Participate in Military Acquisition Process 03/11/2015
Reuters: Frank Kendall to Add Cyber Requirements in DoD Weapons Procurement Guide 03/06/2015
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Frank Kendall, Deborah Lee James Seek Focus on Defense Acquisition Efficiency 11/17/2014
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Frank Kendall: Pentagon to Promote Competition, Affordability Through BBP 3.0 Initiative 09/23/2014
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