Pentagon’s Top Acquisition Job Gone, Reshaped In Defense Policy Bill

WASHINGTON: The post of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, currently held by the estimable Frank Kendall, will be no more come 2018.

A Senate staff member confirms that the post will continue through 2017, according to language in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act to be unveiled this afternoon. But the position disappears and is split into pieces in February 2018, “and is renamed the USD R&E (Research and Engineering) and will remain #3 in the Department. At the same time (02-18) a second position is created — USD Acquisition and Sustainment. All current political positions under AT&L have been abolished,” the staffer writes in an email.

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