Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics


Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
USD (AT&L)
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Incumbent
Frank Kendall III (Acting)

since October 6, 2011
Style The Honorable
Inaugural holder Richard P. Godwin
Formation 1986
Deputy Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Salary Executive Schedule Level II
Website defense.gov

The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics - USD(AT&L) - is a senior official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) within the Department of Defense of the United States of America. The Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is the principal staff assistant and advisor to both the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense for all matters concerning the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics supervises a number of Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defence and other officials.[1]

The subdivision within the Office of the Secretary of Defense supervised by the Under Secretary is known as Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

The position is currently held by Frank Kendall III, who has served since October 6, 2011.[2] Mr. Kendall succeeds Dr. Ashton Carter, who held the position beginning in 2009. The USD(AT&L) is considered a part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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History

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).[3]

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.[3]

Office Holders

Under Secretaries of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics)[3]
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
William Clinton
Paul G. Kaminski October 3, 1994 - May 16, 1997 William J. Perry
William S. Cohen
William 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 William 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.JPG Ashton Carter[9] April 27, 2009 - October 5, 2011 Robert M. Gates
Leon Panetta
Barack Obama
Frank Kendall III (Acting)[10] October 6, 2011 - Leon Panetta Barack Obama
List of Principal Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics [3]
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

Reporting Agencies

2011 USD AT&L Structure.

Director, Acquisition Resources & Analysis[11]

The Director, Acquisition Resources and Analysis (ARA) 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. The Director, ARA also serves as the Executive Secretary to the Defense Acquisition Board; oversees the Defense Acquisition Executive System (DAES); manages AT&L’s participation in the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBE); and is responsible for the timely and accurate submission to Congress of Selected Acquisition Reports and Unit Cost Reports for Major Defense Acquisition Programs. The Director, ARA oversees the following posts:

  1. Deputy Director, Acquisition Management
  2. Deputy Director, External Customer Support
  3. Deputy Director, OSD Studies & FFRDC Programs
  4. Military Equipment Valuation

Director, International Cooperation[12]

The Director, International Cooperation (IC) supports the USD(AT&L) 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. International Armaments Cooperation (IAC) activities occur in all phases of the defense acquisition management framework -- pre-systems acquisition, systems acquisition and sustainments -- and include capability determination, technology development, system development, production, and operations and support. The Director (IC) oversees the following posts:

  1. Director, Armaments Cooperation Atlantic
  2. Director, Pacific Armaments Cooperation
  3. Director, Planning & Analysis

Director, Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy[13]

The office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) is responsible for all acquisition and procurement policy matters in the Department of Defense (DoD). The DPAP office serves as the principal advisor to the USD(AT&L) and the Defense Acquisition Board on acquisition/procurement strategies for all major weapon systems programs, major automated information systems programs, and services acquisitions. The Director (DPAP) oversees the following posts:

  1. Deputy Director, Program Acquisition & Contingency Contracting
  2. Deputy Director, Defense Acquisition Regulation Systems
  3. Deputy Director, Contract Policy and International Contracting
  4. Deputy Director, Program Development & Implementation
  5. Deputy Director, Cost, Pricing and Finance
  6. Deputy Director, Strategic Sourcing

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition[14]

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (OASD(A)) provides oversight and policy direction to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and USD(AT&L) on matters relating to DoD's acquisition system, major defense acquisitions programs (MDAPs), space and intelligence acquisitions and industrial base. OASD(A) also oversees two Defense Agencies—Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). The ASD(A) oversees the following posts:

  1. Director, Portfolio Systems Acquisition
  2. Director, Industrial Policy
  3. Director, Small Business Programs
  4. Defense Contract Management Agency
  5. Defense Acquisition University
  6. Performance Assessments and Root Cause
  7. Space and Intelligence Office

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

  1. Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Nuclear Matters
  2. Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Chemical/Biological/Defense and Chemical Demilitarization Programs
  3. Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Executive Director, Defense Science Board

The Defense Science Board (DSB) is a committee of civilian experts appointed to advise the Department of Defense on scientific and technical matters. It was established in 1956 on the recommendation of the second Hoover Commission.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering[15]

Previously the Director for Defense Research and Engineering, this post was redesignated as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering ASD(R&E) by National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2011, signed January 7, 2011. The ASD(R&E) is the Defense Department's Chief Technology Officer, providing thought leadership for the Department's near-, mid- and far-term research and engineering efforts to develop the technical capabilities to support the Secretary of Defense goals and priorities. The ASD(R&E) oversees the following officials:

  1. Principal Deputy
    1. Director, Joint Interoperability
    2. Director, Joint Operations Support
    3. Commander, Joint Reserve Unit
  2. Director, Research Directorate
  3. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Engineering
  4. Director, Rapid Fielding
    1. Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations
  5. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Developmental Test & Evaluation
  6. Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  7. Administrator, Defense Technical Information Center
  8. Director, Technical Intelligence

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness[16]

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (P.L. 106-65, passed 5 October 1999) created the new position of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, which was then the second DUSD to the USD(AT&L). The intent of Congress was to emphasize the improtance of logistics and materiel readiness issues.[3] Later redesignated the ASD(L&MR), this post still serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the USD(AT&L), Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF), and Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) on logistics and materiel readiness in the Department of Defense (DoD) and is the principal logistics official within the senior management of the DoD.[17] The ASD(LM&R) is supported by a Principal Deputy, and oversees the following officials:

  1. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Materiel Readiness
  2. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Maintenance Policy and Programs
  3. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Transportation Policy
  4. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Program Support
  5. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Supply Chain Integration
  6. Director, Defense Logistics Agency
  7. Director, Resource Management

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment[18]

The mission of the office of the DUSD(I&E) is to "provide installation assets and services necessary to support our military forces in a cost effective, safe, sustainable, and environmentally sound manner." The DUSD is supported by an Assistant Deputy, and oversees the following offices:

  1. I&E Business Enterprise Integration
  2. Director, Housing & Competitive Sourcing
  3. Director, Explosives Safety Board
  4. Director, Armed Forces Pest Management Board
  5. Director, Base Realignment and Closure
  6. Military Housing Privatization
  7. Office of Economic Adjustment

Director, Corrosion Policy and Oversight

The Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight is responsible for addressing the needs and meeting the goals of the DoD's Corrosion Prevention and Mitigation Program. The Corrosion Office develops Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPC) strategies for the DoD, and oversees their implementation through the CPC Integrated Product Team (CPC IPT).

Director, Test Resource Management Center

The Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) is an established DoD Field Activity under the authority, direction, and control of the USD(AT&L). TRMC oversees the test and evaluation (T&E) infrastructure, including Major Range and Test Facility Bases (MRTFBs). Congress, through Title 10, Sec 196 (P.L. 107-314) established the TRMC in FY 2003 to ensure that the T&E infrastructure can adequately support the development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of defense systems. To help fulfill this role, Congress also directed the TRMC to maintain awareness of other T&E facilities and resources, both within and outside the Department, and monitor their impacts on defense needs.

Director, Missile Defense Agency

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is a research, development, and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense. Its workforce includes government civilians, military service members, and contractor personnel in multiple locations across the United States. In working to develop, test, and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), the MDA works closely with the Combatant Commanders (e.g. Pacific Command, Northern Command, etc.). The MDA also seeks to bolster international cooperation by supporting mutual security interests in missile defense.

See also

  • The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) - An international defense science and technology collaboration between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

References

 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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