Frank Kendall is an independent consultant to defense industry firms and non profit research organizations. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of th e Council on Foreign Relations. Among other industry positions, he is a member of the board of directors of Leidos Corporation and of Leonardo Electronics USA Inc. From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Kendall served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, T echnology and Logistics (AT& after serving as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary from 2010 2012. Mr. Kendall has over 45 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, governmen t, and the military.
Earlier in his career Mr. Kendall was the Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, and prior to that, the Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Tactical Warfare Programs. In addition, Mr. Kendall is an a ttorney and has been active in the field of human rights, working primarily on a pro bono basis. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Tahirih Justice Center, a Member of the Board of Amnesty International USA, and as an observer for Human Righ ts First at Guantanamo. He is currently a member of the board of directors of The Center for Victims of Torture. Among his awards are four Defense Distinguished Public Service Awards, the highest Secretary of Defense award for civilian service, and the P residential Rank Award for Senior Executive Service members. In 2016 Mr. Kendall was named “Aviation Week and Space Technology” Person of the Year (together with Secretary Ash Carter and Deputy Secretary Robert Work). He is the author of “Getting Defense Acquisition Right” (Defense Acquisition University Press 2017).
Mr. Kendall retired from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel and is a graduate of the Army War College. Mr. Kendall holds degrees from West Point ( the California Institute of T echnology (MS and AE), the C. W. Post Center of Long Island University ( and Georgetown University Law Center ( Mr. Kendall is a frequent contributor to Forbes, writing on national security matters. An avid sailor and ocean rac e competitor, Mr. Kendall resides in Falls Church, VA with his wife Beth and youngest son, James.
John Thackrah is the founding Principal of Sextant Solutions LLC, an aerospace, maritime and government acquisition consultant.
Prior to his current role, John was the Vice President of Washington Operations for Pratt & Whitney, an aircraft engine provider (2017 – 2019), where he led Pratt & Whitney’s federal, state and international government and customer relations activities, advised senior management on government relations matters and communicated the company’s business interests to key public policymakers and organizations.
Previously, John served as executive director for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command beginning in 2011. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2005 and served in several roles for the Navy including; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), and principal deputy, Strategic Systems Programs. He was twice awarded the Department of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Award.
John’s career began in 1979 at Pratt & Whitney, where he held several positions in project and test engineering, program management, model management, commercial flight test activities and as general manager of a joint venture startup. He was promoted to vice president Commercial Engines and moved to the Otis Elevator division of UTC as the vice president Worldwide Engineering. He returned to Pratt as vice president Aftermarket Services, and later vice president/general manager for one of Pratt’s strategic business units.
He is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where he earned a Bachelor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Master of Business Administration. He has been a member of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and a past board member from 2011 to 2017. He has also held membership at Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), 2017 to present and Navy League of the United States, 2011 to 2017. John also served the College of Engineering, Chairman’s Advisory Council and the Parent Board at the University of Delaware, 2001 – 2017.
Page Hoeper is a private consultant, corporate director, and venture capitalist. Since leaving government service, Mr. Hoeper has focused on corporate governance and board service. He chairs the boards of OnPoint Technologies, Inc., 501c(3) venture capital fund established by Congress to focus on emerging commercial technologies of interest to the U.S. Army, and QuEST Defense Systems & Solutions, a provider of engineering services to the U.S. defense industry.
Mr. Hoeper previously served on the boards of public and private companies including United Industrial Corporation, Versar, Inc., Barco Federal Systems, Technology Research Corporation, DynPort Vaccine Company, and the Rockwell Scientific Corporation.
Public service continues to be a focus. Mr. Hoeper is a core member of the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board and chaired the DSB study on the cyber supply chain. The SANS Institute recognized his work in this area with its “Difference Maker” award. In 2017 he was elected to the investment committee of the $1.5 billion Annenberg Foundation.
In 1998 the Senate confirmed Mr. Hoeper as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). In this position he was the Senior Procurement Executive, the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and the senior research and development official for the Department of the Army. He developed and oversaw logistics policy for the Army as implemented by the various military commands. In his capacity as Army Acquisition Executive, Mr. Hoeper appointed, managed and evaluated program executive officers and program managers; managed the 23,000 members of Army Acquisition Corps; and oversaw $17.3 billion in research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition programs. Mr. Hoeper left government service in 2001.
From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Hoeper was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (International and Commercial Programs). He was responsible for all cooperative DoD research, development and acquisition programs around the world. He implemented and managed DOD’s dual use technology program and the $15 billion Defense Export Loan Guarantee Program.
Mr. Hoeper received numerous honors while serving at the Pentagon. His awards include the Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the President’s Award (the Biddle Medal) for his dedication and support to the Association of the United States Army. Mr. Hoeper is also the recipient of the Vice President of the United States “Hammer” award for reinventing government. In December 1996, Secretary of Defense William J. Perry awarded Mr. Hoeper the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Hoeper was for several years the president of Fortune Financial, a private merchant bank. Before this, he was the proprietor of Northshore Consultants, a firm that focused on problems at the intersection of finance, technology and law. Mr. Hoeper has also consulted to public and private companies on numerous programs, strategic issues and corporate restructurings.
Concurrent with these business endeavors, Mr. Hoeper taught at several law schools. In 1990, he developed and taught What Lawyers Should Know About Business for the Stanford Law School. Following this, he taught the course for five years as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Hoeper received his B.S.E. in Basic Engineering from Princeton University and his M.A.T. (Mathematics) from Harvard University.
As the President of QuEST Global, Bob is responsible for establishing and maintaining senior customer relationships, catalysing new business development, and overseeing innovative and transformational deals. In this role, he also assists in building relationships with strategic acquisitions for the company.
Bob has over 40 years of experience, and through his career he has held senior domestic and international executive roles and P&L responsibility for multi-billion dollar businesses at General Motors and Pratt & Whitney. He began his career as a product development engineer for General Motors, moved on to corporate and operational finance roles, and subsequently to major operating positions. When he left General Motors, he was running their European Powertrain Operations from Zurich, Switzerland, and managing plants in five countries. Then he moved to Pratt & Whitney as Senior Vice-President, Module Centers and Operations, where he ran their US operations and current engineering. After P&W, he was the CEO of a fiber optic component company.
Bob holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago with specializations in Finance and Marketing.
The company is working with its customers and government authorities to enable work from home for remaining 20% who are safe at their homes
March 27, 2020: QuEST Defense, today said that it has worked with its customers to enable upwards of 80% of its employees to work from home. The company is continuing to work closely with its customers and government authorities to enable work from home for the remaining employees who are safely staying back at their homes.
The company said that currently only critical personnel from IT and admin teams, who need to arrange workstations for remaining employees, are commuting to office with special approvals from the authorities. The Global Crisis Management team at QuEST has been monitoring the situation daily and has been taking all appropriate decisions including ensuring physical, facility and IT security and creating a safe work environment for its employees.
As a trusted thinking partner to its customers, QuEST has been taking decisive and proactive measures to address the challenges faced by its customers to continue their operations without any impact. The company has been closely working with its customers and stakeholders to understand their needs and take necessary actions to ensure business continuity. This includes getting swift approvals to provide remote high-end computing power to its employees working from home without compromising on data security norms.