Sunday, May 1, 2016
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During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

PrayFocusArmedForcesFrank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Frank Kendall III was born in January 1949 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, an MBA from C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University School of Law.

He served in the Army in Germany during the 1970s, before transferring to the Army Reserve. He resigned holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has 40 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government and the military.

In civilian life, Kendall has performed pro bono human rights work, serving on the board of Amnesty International, Human Rights First and the Tahirih Justice Center.

He was confirmed in May 2012 as Undersecretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

IN THE NEWS: Pentagon budget plans call for $2 billion to $3 billion worth of investment in third-offset related activities in fiscal year 2017, including war-gaming, modeling and simulation, and technology demonstrations, according to Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. “The idea there is to use our creativity across the board to try to do business better, more efficiently, more effectively [and] to be more creative about the technologies we buy…and how we use them.”

The demonstrations tend to emphasize autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, man-machine integration, and the ability to operate farther away from missile systems that are being built by potential adversaries, he noted. But budget constraints and the looming return of a sequestration in fiscal year 2018 could derail the Pentagon’s plans.

“What we don’t have and what we can’t afford right now is the money that follows those demonstrators to build…the full-scale development and the production and the fielding, and have the force structure associated with those things,” Kendall said.