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Frank Kendall: Workforce Training Critical to Defense Acquisition Reform

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief, said the Defense Department should strive to continuously improve its acquisition system, especially in light of budget uncertainties and an evolving threat landscape, the American Forces Press Service reported Friday.

According to the defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, sequestration has done little to open up competition but acquisition teams have done well to improve their craft.

Claudette Roulo writes Kendal made the remark at a media briefing to discuss the findings of a review of DoD efforts to reform the defense acquisition process.

The undersecretary noted that the department’s incentive-type contracts have done well to control the costs of the purchasing lifecycle, but suggested that more could be done to make them even more effective.

“Under the previous edition of Better Buying Power, there was a sense that we had to use certain types of contract all the time,” Kendal was quoted as telling reporters.

“I think we’ve done a lot to educate the workforce and train the workforce to be thoughtful and creative and think critically about the right type of contract to use and the right incentives to put in place,” he added.

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