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Frank Kendall Eyes New Policy for DoD-Industry Dialogue on Independent R&D Projects

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Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall plans to require contractors to hold technical interchange meetings with the Defense Department before and after they conduct department-backed independent research and development projects, he wrote in a white paper obtained by USNI News.

Kendall said he will instruct a council to update the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and inform the public of the proposed rule.

“The objective of this engagement is to ensure that both IR&D performers and their potential DoD customers have sufficient awareness of each other’s efforts,” he stated.

He wants DoD to implement the policy by fiscal 2017 through the Better Buying Power 3.0 initiative.

Kendall added he believes that department-industry discussions about IR&D proposals will offer both parties an opportunity to identify military technology needs over the medium to long term.

He also plans to establish a July 1, 2016, deadline for all four military services to submit their plans for supporting regular IR&D dialogues between service and contractor personnel.

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