TYSON’S CORNER: Dear Senator McCain, we need to talk — sincerely, Frank Kendall. The Pentagon’s top buyer made clear today that he doesn’t know nearly enough about McCain’s ambitious acquisition reform plan, and some of what he does know makes him nervous.
In particular, Undersecretary Kendall said, he doesn’t want the four service chiefs — the Army Chief of Staff, Chief of Naval Operations, Marine Corps Commandant, and Air Force Chief of Staff — to have greater legal authority over the acquisition process.
“I don’t think they should be doing decisions about what kind of contract to use. I don’t think they should be making judgments generally about what kind of risk mitigation to do. I think those decisions should be left to acquisition people,” he said.