Frank Kendall is an independent consultant. He served as under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) from May 2012 until January 2017. In that capacity, he was responsible to the secretary of defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. Mr. Kendall has over 45 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government, and the military. He has been a consultant in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management, and technology assessment. Mr. Kendall was vice president for engineering at Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for management of the engineering functions throughout the company and for internal research and development. Before joining the Obama administration, he was a managing partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense-sector consulting firm where he is currently an executive in residence. In addition, Mr. Kendall is an attorney and has been active in the field of human rights, working primarily on a pro bono basis.
Over the course of his career as a public servant, Mr. Kendall was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award (four awards), Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive (Senior Executive Service), and Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (Senior Executive Service). In 2016, he was named Aviation Week and Space Technology Person of the Year (together with Secretary Ash Carter and Deputy Secretary Robert Work). Mr. Kendall is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an Army War College graduate. He holds an M.S. in aerospace engineering from California Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of Getting Defense Acquisition Right (DAU Press, 2017).