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Frank Kendall: Islamic State Threat Prompts Defense Spending Shift, Unmanned Aircraft Demand

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said potential threats emanating from the Islamic State group have fueled a change in defense spending priorities and an interest in remotely piloted aircraft, Defense News reported Sunday.

Joe Gould writes Kendall and other U.S. government officials attended International Defence Exhibition & Conference in United Arab Emirates to discuss emerging security and budgetary issues as well as the Pentagon’s priorities.

Kendall also highlighted international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the fight against Islamic extremists and military activities in Afghanistan during the forum, according to Defense News.

He noted to reporters during the event that defense companies aim to boost overseas sales amid an unpredictable fiscal environment in the U.S.

“We’re confronting budget uncertainties in the U.S. and for our defense industrial base, foreign sales are a very important part of their activities these days, and foreign sources of technology are important,” he added, according to the report.

He has projected industry consolidation activities will continue until the uncertainty around sequestration is resolved, Gould says.

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