Who Will Be the Next AT&L?

With physicist and former Harvard faculty member Ashton Carter moving up to be the next Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Hill and others report there’s a three-way race to replace him as the Pentagon’s Acquisition chief.

My money is on Frank Kendall, who has spearheaded most of the Better Buying Power Initiatives and is well respected across the Pentagon and acquisition community.  With ADM James Winnefeld nomination for VCJCS, there may be a reluctance to elevate another Navy executive. Yet this is Washington where anything goes.