Defense Department Honors Performance of Four Acquisition Programs; Frank Kendall Comments

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TrophyThe Pentagon has recognized four defense acquisition programs citing the initiatives’ focus on performance and cost savings, DoD News reported Friday.

Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, presided over the 2014 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award and the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Should-Cost and Innovation Award ceremony at the Defense Department last week.

The U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency Program is one of the recipients of the Packard award for providing mobile satellite communications, according to the report.

“By purchasing two AEHF satellites together and using comprehensive ‘should-cost’ analysis, this group saved $1.6 billion on its fifth and sixth satellites,” Kendall said.

The International Ballistic Missile Directorate and Virginia-Class Submarine Program also received the recognition and the Should-Cost award went to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program office.

The Packard award is named after David Packard, former deputy defense secretary and acquisition chief who also served as Hewlett-Packard co-founder and chairman.