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Frank Kendall: Budget Cuts Delay Military Modernization

frank kendallDefense Department official Frank Kendall has shared insights with Congress on how to build up U.S. military technology, American Forces Press Service reported Tuesday.

Amaani Lyle writes Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that budget reductions are hurting the size of the military which cripples modernization plans.

Kendall acknowledged the challenges and opportunities facing the DoD in the Asia-Pacific region such as the growing anti-access and area-denial military systems.

Investments in those technologies will help the U.S. defend the homeland and allied countries in the region, he said.

Kendall added that the White House requested funding for cyber defense, land-based asset protection, maritime surveillance, air defense and precision strike technologies.

He also told the House panel that partnerships, senior leader retention and exercises could help grow those military capabilities.

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