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Frank Kendall: Product Lifecycle Cost Must Factor into Military Acquisition Programs

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

The Defense Department‘s acquisitions chief has said the DoD Better Buying Power 3.0 initiative calls for agency personnel to determine the potential costs of military technologies across their life cycle, DoD News reported Friday.

Amaani Lyle writes Frank Kendall — undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics — also believes the agency should not launch projects it cannot afford to complete.

“Our people should figure out what their products or services they’re buying should cost and they should try to make sure they do cost that,” Kendall told an audience at a Women in Aerospace-sponsored luncheon event Friday.

Kendall aims for the department to sustain the U.S. military’s technological edge amid tighter research and development budgets by adopting BBP strategies.

He also urged the agency to increase collaboration with intelligence agencies and the private sector to build new weapon systems.

“Continuous improvement and continuous self-examination using data as much as possible to inform policies is the way to go,” he added, according to DoD News.

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