Frank Kendall again warned against splitting the duties of the Pentagon’s top civilian for acquisition, technology and logistics into two positions – one for the research and engineering and the other for acquisition and sustainment. Read More
The Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program passed its Milestone B decision review and can move into detail design, an official told USNI News. Read More
The Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer is kicking off an independent review into the Navy’s Gerald Ford-class next-generation carrier program citing questions of performance of key systems aboard, according to an Aug. 23 memo obtained by USNI News. Read More
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Pentagon’s top weapons’ buyer said the Fiscal Year 2017 president’s budget paid in the research and development projects to “buy some options” for the U.S. to retain its military technological superiority. Read More
The following is an Aug. 26, 2015 white paper by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Frank Kendall on the Pentagon’s independent research and development (IR&D) initiative that’s part of Better Buying Power 3.0 acquisition reform. Read More
The following is the April 9, 2015 Better Buying Power 3.0 memo and outline, signed by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L)Frank Kendall. Read More
This post has been updated to include comments from vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon will formally create an Electronic Warfare (EW) Programs Council today, with the hopes of boosting the U.S. military’s waning technological edge in this area, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said on Tuesday.
Work, speaking at the Credit Suisse/McAleese 2016 Defense Programs Conference, said that the Pentagon’s Third Offset Strategy would center on winning a guided munitions salvo against an opponent, and EW capabilities would be pivotal to achieving this capability. Read More
The Pentagon’s top acquisition official told Congress the U.S. defense complex is good at incremental evolutions in technology but has slipped in bringing about revolutionary systems to the battlefield. Read More