Kendall Reviewing Thornberry Reform Bill

Kendall Reviewing Thornberry Reform Bill

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer supports most of a House acquisition-reform bill, but he hopes to convince its sponsor to alter a section that would give military officials more power.

Defense Department officials submitted a number of ideas about changing the military’s acquisition process to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition. And “the vast majority of which were included in the bill that he proposed,” Kendall said of the HASC chairman’s legislation.

“He’s got a lot of other things in there that we’re in the process of reviewing,” Kendall said of Thornberry’s reform bill, which was introduced late last month. “We’re going to give him some comments.

“I’m really encouraged by the cooperation I’m getting from both sides of the Hill,” Kendall told reporters Thursday. “Both the House and the Senate are working well with us [and] seem to be very open to hearing our ideas and getting our feedback. And I just hope that continues.”

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