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.