Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

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Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
USD(AT&L)
US Under Secretary of Defense flag.svg
Frank Kendall DOD photo.JPG
Incumbent
Frank Kendall III

since May 25, 2012
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Style Mister Secretary
The Honorable
(formal address in writing)
Reports to Secretary of Defense
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Appointer The President
with the advice and consent of the Senate
Term length No fixed term
Inaugural holder Richard P. Godwin
Formation 1986
Succession 5th in SecDef succession
Deputy The Principal Deputy Under Secretary
Salary Level II of the Executive Schedule
Website acq.osd.mil

The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, or USD(AT&L), is a senior civilian official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense within the Department of Defense. USD(AT&L) is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense for all matters concerning Departmental acquisitions and the general management of the Department as a whole.

The Under Secretary is appointed from civilian life by the President with the consent of the Senate to serve at the pleasure of the President. The current Under Secretary is Frank Kendall III, who was appointed by President Barack Obama on October 6, 2011.[1]

Overview[edit]

The subdivision within the Office of the Secretary of Defense supervised by the Under Secretary is known as the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The Office is the principal staff element for the Department of Defense for acquisitions, research and development, advanced technology, and logistics. As the Department's chief administrative officer, the Under Secretary oversees installation management, military construction, occupational health management, utilities and energy management; business management modernization, document services, and nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs.

Despite holding the rank of Under Secretary, USD(AT&L) is a Level II position within the Executive Schedule. All other Under Secretaries within the Department are Level III positions. Since January 2010, the annual rate of pay for Level II is $179,700.

History[edit]

This position was established by Act of Congress (P.L. 99-348) in 1986 as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, and implemented with the issuance of Department of Defense Directive 5134.1 in February 1987. This position replaced the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, which had been established in 1977. The Director, Defense Research and Engineering became a separate, less powerful position in the Pentagon, which reports up to the USD(AT&L). The title changed to Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology in the National Defense Authorization Act for 1994 (P.L. 103-160, passed 30 November 1993).[2]

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (P.L. 106-65, passed 5 October 1999), redesignated this post as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, a name that the office still holds. The USD (AT&L) serves as the principal assistant to the Secretary of Defense for research and development, production, procurement, logistics, and military construction.[2]

Reporting Officials[edit]

Officials reporting to the USD(AT&L) include:

Office of the Under Secretary[edit]

The Under Secretary leads the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics (OUSD-AT&L). A unit of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, OUSD-AT&L supervises all Department of Defense acquisitions, including procurement of goods and services, research and development, developmental testing, and contract administration, for all elements of the Department. OUSD-AT&L oversees logistics, maintenance, and sustainment support for all elements of the Department and establishes policies for the maintenance of the defense industrial base of the United States.

The work of OUSD-AT&L is conducted through its several staff directorates, including:

  • Human Capital Initiatives Directorate - responsible for executing all workforce responsibilities identified by the Secretary of Defense
  • Acquisition Resources and Analyses Directorate - integrates the diverse aspects of Defense acquisition into a balanced and coherent program that supports the National Strategy and makes the most effective use of resources provided
  • International Cooperation Directorate - supports the Under Secretary in all aspects of international cooperation, develops policy for international cooperative armaments programs, and provides the Under Secretary a single, integrated picture of international cooperative activities
  • Special Programs Directorate - manages the DoD Special Access Program (SAP) management and control structures
  • Small Business Programs Directorate - advises the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business and is committed to maximizing the contributions of small business in DoD acquisitions
  • Administration Directorate - serves as the central focal point for all OUSD-AT&L civilian and military personnel programs, organizational management, space, facilities, supply management, security, information management, travel, budgeting, and training
  • Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy Directorate - responsible for all acquisition and procurement policy matters in the Department, including serving as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary on acquisition/procurement strategies for all major weapon systems programs, major automated information systems programs, and services acquisitions
  • Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell - provides a single point of contact in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for tracking the timeliness of immediate warfighter need actions for the senior leadership and facilitating coordination with other government agencies
  • Defense Science Board - provides senior Department leadership independent advice and recommendations on scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the Department
  • Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy - responsible for ensuring that Department policies, procedures, and actions:
    • stimulate and support vigorous competition and innovation in the industrial base supporting defense
    • establish and sustain cost-effective industrial and technological capabilities that assure military readiness and superiority

Office holders[edit]

Under Secretaries of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics)[2]
Portrait Name Tenure SecDef(s) Served Under President(s) Served Under
Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition)
Richard P. Godwin Sep 30, 1986 - Sep 30, 1987 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Robert B. Costello December 18, 1987 - May 12, 1989 Frank C. Carlucci III
William Howard Taft IV (Acting)
Richard B. Cheney
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
John A. Betti August 11, 1989 - December 31, 1990 Richard B. Cheney George H. W. Bush
Donald J. Yockey Jan 1, 1991 - Jan 20, 1991 (Acting)
June 20, 1991 - January 20, 1993
Richard B. Cheney George H. W. Bush
Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology)
John Deutch, Undersecretary of Defense, 1993 official photo.JPEG John M. Deutch April 2, 1993 - March 11, 1994 Leslie Aspin, Jr.
William J. Perry
Bill Clinton
Paul G. Kaminski October 3, 1994 - May 16, 1997 William J. Perry
William S. Cohen
Bill Clinton
Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics)
Jacques S. Gansler, Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics), official portrait.jpg Jacques S. Gansler November 10, 1997 - January 5, 2001 William S. Cohen Bill Clinton
Edward C. Aldridge, Jr..jpeg Edward C. Aldridge, Jr. May 10, 2001 - May 23, 2003 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Michael Wynne, official portrait.jpg Michael W. Wynne (Acting) May 23, 2003 - June 2005 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Ken Krieg, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, official portrait.jpg Kenneth J. Krieg[4] June 6, 2005[5] - July 20, 2007[6] Donald H. Rumsfeld
Robert M. Gates
George W. Bush
John J. Young, Jr..jpg John J. Young, Jr.[7][8] July 2007 - November 21, 2007 (Acting)
November 21, 2007 - April 27, 2009
Robert M. Gates George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Ashton Carter DOD photo.jpg Ashton Carter[9] April 27, 2009 - October 5, 2011 Robert M. Gates
Leon Panetta
Barack Obama
Frank Kendall DOD photo.JPG Frank Kendall III [10] October 6, 2011 - Leon Panetta Barack Obama
List of Principal Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics [2]
Name Tenure USD(AT&L) Served Under SecDef(s) Served Under President(s) Served Under
Milton Lohr October 3, 1988 - May 12, 1989 Robert B. Costello Richard B. Cheney George H.W. Bush
Donald J. Yockey March 12, 1990 - January 20, 1991 John A. Betti Richard B. Cheney George H.W. Bush
Donald C. Fraser December 4, 1991 - January 13, 1993 Donald J. Yockey Richard B. Cheney George H.W. Bush
Noel Longuemare, Jr. November 18, 1993 - November 21, 1997 John M. Deutch
Paul G. Kaminski
Jacques S. Gansler
Leslie Aspin, Jr.
William J. Perry
William S. Cohen
Bill Clinton
David Oliver June 1, 1998 - July 14, 2001 Jacques S. Gansler
Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
William S. Cohen
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Michael W. Wynne July 17, 2001 - 2005 Edward C. Aldridge, Jr. Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Frank Kendall III March 8, 2010 - Ashton Carter Robert M. Gates Barack Obama

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Department of Defense".


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