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Frank Kendall: DoD Acquisition Programs Cost Growth Hits 30-Year Low

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has said the Defense Department has reached a 30-year low in cost growth on major acquisition programs, Defense One reported Monday.

Marcus Weisgerber writes Kendall published an annual report on DoD’s acquisition system amid the Senate Armed Services Committee’s plan to abolish Kendall’s position.

The senate’s version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill contains a provision that would split Frank’s responsibilities between a new undersecretary for research and engineering and an undersecretary for management and support.

Kendall told reporters the 224-page report will provide Congress members with data that could support his acquisition ideas, Defense News reported.

Aaron Mehta writes Kendall’s report shows a downward trend in program costs and delays as well as analysis on aspects of the acquisition process such as sustainment and requirement stability.

Kendall aims to create a fourth version of the Better Buying Power — a series of initiatives to update the defense acquisition system — if he retains his position, Defense One said.

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