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Frank Kendall: DoD to Gather Feedback on New Military Tech Acquisition Guidance

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

The Pentagon’s acquisition chief has released a white paper outlining how the department intends to revamp the way it collaborates with industry on research and development of military platforms, Defense News reported Friday.

Paul McLeary writes Frank Kendall — undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics — said the guidance calls for R&D programs that would be significant to warfighter strategy and bring high payoff results in the long run.

Kendall added the department also plans to award incentive-type contracts to encourage companies to achieve program goals.

“I want to give them business reasons to innovate. That’s at the heart of this,” he told reporters.

“If industry’s building better products for us, they’re going to be able to sell those products in wider markets, as well.”

The agency will collect feedback from stakeholders on its new acquisition strategy and expects to issue final guidance in January, according to Defense News.

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