Frank Kendall Visits SPAWAR Facilities to Discuss Acquisition Priorities & Initiatives

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Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has met with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command‘s acquisition staff and command leadership to discuss acquisition priorities and initiatives.

The U.S. Navy said Friday Kendall engaged in an all hands meeting, awards ceremony, roundtables and laboratory tours during his visit to SPAWAR’s Old Town Campus and Systems Center Pacific facilities.

Kendall discussed the Defense Department‘s Better Buying Power 3.0 mandate that aims to update acquisition practices across the DoD to support warfighters, the Navy added.

The service branch noted the undersecretary answered employee questions on processes and the impact of fixed-cost contracts on industry competition.

Kendall also gave awards to recognize SPAWAR employees’ accomplishments that build on acquisition priorities and BBP 3.0 initiatives.

Awardees include Bill Farmer, who led efforts to provide C4I systems for ships; Emily Nguyen, who served as project manager of a team that produces six software applications each month for Marines; and Dai Nguyen, for his efforts to develop and implement virtual training environment platform.

Kendall toured SPAWAR System Center Pacific’s laboratories such as the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality laboratory that seeks to explore potential applications of virtual and augmented reality on warfighting, the Navy said.

The service branch added Kendall observed demonstrations of cyber situational awareness technologies, unmanned vehicles, nano satellites and command and control systems.

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