Friday, May 6, 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

PrayFocusArmedForcesKenneth M. Brennan, Deputy Director for Services Acquisition, Department of Defense

Kenneth M. Brennan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, and a Masters of Public Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington.

He began his federal service at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane (Indiana) Division, as a mechanical engineer on the Trident Test and Measurement Equipment project supporting strategic systems programs. Following his Trident assignment, Brennan was both the project lead and the supervisor for the Crane Divisions Metrology and Calibration project. His last Crane Division assignment was as Branch Manager of the Rechargeable Electro-Chemical Power Systems Assessment Branch, including responsibility for all aspects of secondary power systems assessment.

He relocated to the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington, D.C. He was the acting Deputy Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) in Pascagoula and New Orleans. He later became the SUPSHIP director.

Prior to his current position, he was in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition. He is currently the Deputy Director for Services Acquisition in the office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy.

IN THE NEWS: The Government Accountability Office put the Department of Defense service contracting on its high-risk list for its challenges with acquisition workforce, contracting technique and contract support. In January, the DoD released an instruction to improve the way it acquires services, which make up more than half of its procurement budget. Ken Brennan, the Department’s Deputy Director for Services Acquisition said he looks at the project as a 15-year effort that they are currently three years into. “My goal is that services [contracts] become less of a standalone and just more of the general culture and policy,” he said.

So far, the Air Force has made the most improvement over services contracts, according to Brennan. He said the Army and Navy have moved a bit slower, but are coming up strong.

The Department of Defense dubbed new service sector leaders “functional domain experts” or FDEs, who will provide strategic management to improve planning, execution and reduce costs over areas like transportation services, medical services, and electronics and communications services. The DoD will be keeping a close eye on the metrics the FDEs develop because they are the experts that will know what metrics matter most.