Frank Kendall, senior adviser at the CSIS International Security Program and Former Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, discusses the appointment of Jeff Boleng to take the lead on software acquisition at DoD.
The Department of Defense has appointed a new head for acquiring software. As Special Assistant for Acquisition, Jeff Boleng will be primarily focused on supporting the F-35 program. Frank Kendall, senior adviser at the CSIS International Security Program and former Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Tech. & Logistics, said that software acquisition at the Pentagon has needed an overhaul for many years. “The Defense Department is behind and Industry is behind by a few years. Bringing somebody in who is experienced in the commercial world, and leading the department in the right direction is a very good step. One of the things I recommended to Ellen Lord when I met with her last summer was that this be one of the areas she focused on. I’m glad to see her taking this step,” Kendall said. “What the department needs is a department-wide and industry-wide initiative. That would improve software development practices across the community, across the enterprise.”