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Frank Kendall: Pentagon to Promote Competition, Affordability Through BBP 3.0 Initiative

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, acquisition chief at the Defense Department, said the agency’s new acquisition initiative seeks to increase government-industry partnerships in building strategic weapons for the U.S. military, Defense News reported Monday.

He told Defense News in a recent interview that Better Buying Power 3.0 reflects a shift towards innovation as the department aims to bring technology to warfighters faster, according to the report by Paul McCleary and Vago Muradian.

“There’s a general need to move technology more quickly and effectively and to push technology forward,” Kendall told the publication.

“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 added.

He noted the agency has also been working with Congress to address legislative requirements under the third iteration of the BBP program.

Kendall says he meets with private companies to learn more about industry’s research and development strategies, according to McCleary and Muradian.

I want to reach out to industry for ideas through concept definitions.”

“That’s one of the things we put into 3.0.”

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