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Frank Kendall

18 - Frank Kendall
2012 Rank: 30

Defense Undersecretary, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Kendall is not only the Pentagon’s top acquisition and logistics official, overseeing hundreds of billions in annual spending on goods and services, but he’s also among those ideally suited for the job he holds. A West Point graduate, Kendall is an engineer, career acquisition officer and lawyer who also spent a dozen years in industry. So few are better suited for the job at a time when deeper cuts are coming. He returned to government at the start of the Obama administration as deputy acquisition chief, becoming DoD’s top procurement official in 2011 after his boss Ashton Carter was promoted to become deputy secretary. His signature achievement is the Better Buying Power 2.0 initiative to improve how the Pentagon buys goods and services. Faced with the deepest spending cuts in a generation, Kendall is working overtime to protect key investment programs, arguing DoD should shield technology development efforts vital for the future. In his scant spare time, he’s rewriting DoD’s acquisition guidebook.

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