Frank Kendall

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

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.

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Frank Kendall Urges Next Administration to Prioritize Defense R&D, Modernization Investments Jan 19, 2017
Rocky Brands Receives New Military Combat Boot Orders Jan 17, 2017
Defense Department Presents 2016 David Packard Acquisition Awards to Three Teams Jan 09, 2017
Navy’s $125B Columbia-Class Submarine Program Gets Milestone B Approval From Pentagon Jan 05, 2017
Frank Kendall Talks DoD’s Budget Constraints, 2017 NDAA at Reagan National Defense Forum Dec 06, 2016
Report: DoD Proposes Rules on Industry’s Use of Independent R&D Investments Nov 10, 2016
Frank Kendall: Tech Platforms, Operational Concepts Make Up DoD’s Third Offset Strategy Nov 08, 2016
Frank Kendall: DoD Acquisition Programs Cost Growth Hits 30-Year Low Oct 25, 2016
DoD Certifies GPS III Ground Control System Program to Congress Oct 18, 2016
Pentagon Leaders, Trade Associations Discuss Defense Industry’s Environment Oct 07, 2016
Northrop Receives $350M in Triton UAV, Spares Production Funds From Navy Sep 28, 2016
Northrop to Enter Low-Rate Initial Production for MQ-4C Triton UAS Sep 27, 2016
Reports: ULA Submits Proposal for 3rd Air Force GPS III Satellite Launch Contract Sep 22, 2016
Air Force Solicits Design & Modification Proposal from Boeing for Future Presidential Aircraft Sep 13, 2016
Frank Kendall: DoD Likely to Establish 3rd Outpost for Defense Innovation Hub Sep 09, 2016
Frank Kendall Visits SPAWAR Facilities to Discuss Acquisition Priorities & Initiatives Aug 29, 2016
Boeing's KC-46A Pegasus Tanker Receives Milestone C Approval Aug 16, 2016
Frank Kendall Observes ARL's Tech Development Efforts Under Third Offset Strategy Aug 16, 2016
Pentagon Grants Milestone C Approval to Boeing's KC-46A Pegasus Tanker Aug 15, 2016
Boeing's KC-46 Tanker Completes Required Tests for Decision on Initial Production Jul 19, 2016
Frank Kendall: DoD, Industry Partners Work to Sustain F-35 Lightning II Systems May 27, 2016
Frank Kendall: F-35’s Final Operational Test Likely to Occur in 2018 May 25, 2016
Reports: Senate Committee's FY 2017 Defense Bill Seeks to Split Up AT&L Responsibilities May 13, 2016
Report: House Committee-Approved Fiscal 2017 NDAA Contains 'Open Systems' Provision May 13, 2016
Report: Frank Kendall Drops Push for Defense M&A Oversight Legislation May 11, 2016
Industry Groups React to DoD's Source Selection Method for 'Encore III' IT Services Vehicle Apr 29, 2016
Weekly Roundup April 18 - April 22 2016: First Quarter Earnings Season Arrives & more Apr 22, 2016
DoD Names Nine Winners of 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Apr 22, 2016
Frank Kendall: DoD's Rocket Engine Devt Strategy Remains Unchanged Apr 21, 2016
Frank Kendall: Future of Military Innovation Depends on DoD Budget Apr 21, 2016
Frank Kendall: Govt Needs 'Revolving Door' Law Overhaul to Attract More Talent Mar 03, 2016
Breaking Defense: Frank Kendall Forms New Electronic Warfare Office Feb 05, 2016
Defense News: Air Force to Cut F-35A Order in FY 2017 to 43 Feb 04, 2016
Pentagon Acquisition Chief Frank Kendall Inducted Into 2016 Wash100 for Public-Private Sector Partnership Vision Feb 02, 2016
Frank Kendall, Deborah Lee James Propose New Business Model for Space Launch Services Acquisition Jan 28, 2016
Frank Kendall: Pentagon Eyes Tech Modernization Cuts for Fiscal 2017 Dec 08, 2015
Frank Kendall: DoD On Track for FY 2017 Budget Release, R&D Concerns Hold Dec 02, 2015
Frank Kendall, Christopher Miller: DoD Moves to Integrate Health Data Systems Nov 23, 2015
Terry Halvorsen, Frank Kendall: New Guidebook Aims to Help Integrate Cybersecurity into Acquisition Nov 06, 2015
Frank Kendall: New Lab to Support DoD’s Distributed Test, Evaluation Agenda Oct 26, 2015
Frank Kendall OKs Consolidated Shipboard Networks Program’s Full Deployment Oct 23, 2015
Frank Kendall: Lawmakers Removed NDAA's Acquisition Reform Language Under Debate Oct 07, 2015
Frank Kendall: Data-Driven Policies Key to DoD Acquisition Cost Savings Push Oct 07, 2015
Jerry McGinn: DoD Should Use Analytics to Predict Industrial Base Performance Oct 06, 2015
Reports: Frank Kendall, Ashton Carter Against ‘Excessive’ Mergers in Defense Industry Oct 01, 2015
EM Editor Ross Wilkers Charts GovCon Index’s September Activity, Correction Zone Entry With Federal News Radio Oct 01, 2015
DoD Seeks to Lock in Next Lockheed F-35 Orders By Fall Sep 25, 2015
Lockheed, DoD in Talks Over New F-35 Deal; Frank Kendall Comments Sep 24, 2015
Frank Kendall Expects Canadian Firms to Remain Active in F-35 Supply Chain Sep 23, 2015
Frank Kendall: Pentagon’s Draft Acquisition Rule on Commercial Items Needs to be 'More Specific' Sep 10, 2015
Frank Kendall: Sequestration Hangs Over Defense Acquisition Programs Sep 03, 2015
Frank Kendall: Rocket Engine Development Cost Sharing a Possibility Aug 13, 2015
Robert Work, Frank Kendall Visit Livermore Nat'l Lab Facilities Aug 07, 2015
DoD, DIUx Eye Innovation, Dual-Use Tech Through Partnership With Silicon Valley Aug 06, 2015
DoD Officials Remain Concerned Over Section 843 of Defense Authorization Bill Jul 20, 2015
John McCain: Defense Acquisition Reform Ideas Aimed at Accountability, 'Unwarranted Optimism' Jul 10, 2015
Frank Kendall: DoD AT&L to Support JIEDDO's Rapid Acquisition Needs Jul 02, 2015
Frank Kendall Urges Defense Acquisition Staff to Help Increase DoD’s Tech Capacity Jun 25, 2015
Report: Frank Kendall Concerned Over Timing of John McCain's DoD Acquisition Reform Plans Jun 23, 2015
Frank Kendall to Sign Reform Plan for DoD Services Acquisition Program Jun 10, 2015
Reports: Air Force Long Range Bomber Review Finished, Contract Award Set for August Jun 05, 2015
Frank Kendall: DoD, Partners Eye Savings With Planned F-35 Block Buy Jun 01, 2015
Defense Department Honors Performance of Four Acquisition Programs; Frank Kendall Comments May 26, 2015
WEEKLY ROUNDUP MAY 18 – MAY 22 2015 May 22, 2015
Frank Kendall Keeps Close Eye on NDAA Procurement Reform Provisions May 20, 2015
Air Force to Demo Lab Research Projects at DoD Event; Tom Masiello Comments May 11, 2015
DoD Officials, Senators Talk Science Investments in FY 2016 Budget Hearing Apr 28, 2015
Frank Kendall: STEM Workforce Dev't, BBP 3.0 Key to US Tech Superiority Apr 27, 2015
WEEKLY ROUNDUP APRIL 10 – APRIL 16 2015 Apr 16, 2015
Frank Kendall: BBP Initiative Promotes 'Incremental' Defense Acquisition Reform Apr 14, 2015
Adm. Jonathan Greenert: Navy Continues Efforts to Push Down Carrier Cost Apr 14, 2015
Frank Kendall: DoD Wants Modular Design for Future Air Force Bombers Apr 13, 2015
Robert Work, Frank Kendall: DoD Aims to Innovate with Commercial Sector Through BBP 3.0 Apr 10, 2015
DoD Eyes Back-Office Cost Savings, Acquisition Efficiency Ahead of Potential Sequestration Apr 10, 2015
Army Seeks Contractors for Cyber Support to US-Korea Forces Apr 06, 2015
Report: Defense Industrial Base Concerns Emerge As Bomber Contract Awarding Nears Apr 06, 2015
Frank Kendall Highlights BBP Mission, Public Service Track for STEM Apr 02, 2015
Frank Kendall: Better Buying Power 3.0 Implementation Guide in The Works Mar 17, 2015
Frank Kendall: Service Chiefs Should Participate in Military Acquisition Process Mar 11, 2015
Reuters: Frank Kendall to Add Cyber Requirements in DoD Weapons Procurement Guide Mar 06, 2015
Frank Kendall: Islamic State Threat Prompts Defense Spending Shift, Unmanned Aircraft Demand Feb 25, 2015
Frank Kendall Selected To 2015 Wash100 List for Leadership In DoD Procurement Feb 24, 2015
Frank Kendall, Defense Dept Acquisition Chief, Chosen to Wash100 for Military Procurement Leadership Feb 10, 2015
Report: DoD Sends Legislative Acquisition Proposals to Congress; Frank Kendall Comments Jan 30, 2015
Richard Hale: Joint Staff Sets Cyber as Acquisition Requirement for Defense Systems Jan 27, 2015
Frank Kendall Issues New Defense Acquisitions Guidance Jan 08, 2015
Michael Strianese: Sequestration Raises R&D Concerns for Industry Dec 15, 2014
WEEKLY ROUNDUP DEC 4 – DEC 11 2014 Dec 12, 2014
Frank Kendall: Product Lifecycle Cost Must Factor into Military Acquisition Programs Dec 08, 2014
Frank Kendall, Deborah Lee James Seek Focus on Defense Acquisition Efficiency Nov 17, 2014
Frank Kendall Expects No Major Changes in Defense Spending with New Congress Nov 06, 2014
Byron Callan: Broader Collaborative ‘Mindset’ Needed to Heighten Defense Tech Development Nov 03, 2014
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Katrina McFarland: New DoD Document Seeks to Reform Defense IT Acquisition Mgmt Oct 29, 2014
DoD Leaders Overview Military’s Innovation Push at Potomac Officers Club’s R&D Event Oct 15, 2014
DoD Leaders Overview Military’s Innovation Push at Potomac Officers Club’s R&D Event Oct 15, 2014
GOVCON EXEC’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP FOR OCT 3 – OCT 9 2014 Oct 10, 2014
POTOMAC OFFICERS CLUB TO HOLD EVENT NEXT WEEK FEATURING THE PENTAGON’S FRANK KENDALL Oct 10, 2014
Frank Kendall: DoD Pushes Next-Gen Warfare Systems Efforts Oct 08, 2014
Posts from GovConDaily for 10/06/2014 Oct 06, 2014
Frank Kendall: Pentagon to Promote Competition, Affordability Through BBP 3.0 Initiative Sep 23, 2014
Frank Kendall: DoD to Gather Feedback on New Military Tech Acquisition Guidance Sep 22, 2014
Frank Kendall: Nuclear Program Funds Could Face 'Big Challenge' in the 2020s Sep 18, 2014
Frank Kendall: Better Buying Power 3.0 to Focus on Innovation Sep 08, 2014
Frank Kendall: Military Emphasizes Program Upgrades Over New Products as Budgets Fall Sep 04, 2014
Frank Kendall Implements Policy Changes for Competitive Defense Procurements Aug 27, 2014
Frank Kendall Outlines Defense Department's Acquisition Reform Plan Aug 06, 2014
Frank Kendall: International Clients Still Look to U.S. Defense Industry Jul 21, 2014
Frank Kendall: Workforce Training Critical to Defense Acquisition Reform Jun 19, 2014
Frank Kendall, Ismail Demir Discuss US-Turkey Tech Transfer Initiative Jun 03, 2014
Frank Kendall: DoD to Start Supplier Incentive Program May 06, 2014
Frank Kendall: Military Could Use Weapons Cost Ovesight Framework for IT Projects May 02, 2014
Frank Kendall: Pentagon Seeks Metal, Alloy Innovation Through Manufacturing Partnerships Feb 26, 2014
Frank Kendall: DoD to Streamline Acquisition Rules Feb 26, 2014
Frank Kendall: DoD to Streamline Acquisition Rules Feb 26, 2014
Frank Kendall: Pentagon Seeks Metal, Alloy Innovation Through Manufacturing Partnerships Feb 26, 2014
Frank Kendall: Budget Cuts Delay Military Modernization Jan 29, 2014
Frank Kendall: DoD to Adopt "Better Buying Power" Initiatives Jan 09, 2014

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