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Frank Kendall Expects No Major Changes in Defense Spending with New Congress

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Pentagon acquisitions chief Frank Kendall said work inside the Defense Department will go on regardless of the coming political climate in a Republican-led Congress, Defense One reported Wednesday.

Marcus Weisgerber writes Kendall also believes there will be new opportunities to break congressional gridlock with new leadership in the Senate and House.

“By one path or another the Congress is going to appropriate a lot of money that I’m going to have to worry about and try to spend as wisely as I can for the warfighters and the taxpayers and we’re going to continue to do that,” he told his audience at a Navy League breakfast event Wednesday.

According to a Breaking Defense article, Kendall said he would be “quite surprised” if in the near future both chambers increase their willingness to negotiate some sequestration relief.

He added sequestration has been used as a tool to reduce federal deficit, but legislators need to introduce spending measures that will not put  discretionary programs at risk, according to the report by Colin Clark and Sydney Freedberg Jr.

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