Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has met with theÂ Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command‘s acquisition staffÂ and command leadership to discuss acquisition priorities and initiatives.
The U.S. Navy said Friday Kendall engaged in anÂ all hands meeting, awards ceremony, roundtables and laboratory tours during his visit toÂ SPAWAR’sÂ Old Town Campus andÂ Systems Center Pacific facilities.
Kendall discussed the Defense Department‘sÂ Better Buying Power 3.0 mandateÂ that aims toÂ 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’Â accomplishments that build on acquisition priorities and BBP 3.0 initiatives.
AwardeesÂ includeÂ Bill Farmer, who led efforts to provideÂ C4I systemsÂ for ships;Â Emily Nguyen, who served as project manager of a team that producesÂ six software applications each month for Marines; andÂ Dai Nguyen, for his efforts to develop and implement virtual training environment platform.
Kendall touredÂ SPAWAR System Center Pacific’s laboratories such as the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality laboratory that seeks to explore potential applicationsÂ 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.