Frank Kendall

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Frank Kendall "is an activist in the human rights field with a number of organizations including the Tahirih Justice Center, where he is currently chair of the Board of Directors and a volunteer pro bono attorney. He is also actively involved with Human Rights First and Amnesty International on human rights issues, particularly those related to combating terrorism. Mr. Kendall also serves as a senior advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC in human rights related policy and national security policy.

"Frank Kendall splits his time between pro bono human rights work and serving as a consultant at Renaissance Strategic Advisors in Washington, DC where he is a Managing Partner. Mr. Kendall provides senior level consulting services in strategic planning, research and development planning and management, program management and national security policy.

"Mr. Kendall has over 30 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition and national security affairs in both private industry and government. Within government Mr. Kendall had a distinguished career in the Department of Defense in the areas of systems engineering, systems analysis, and acquisition management. He held the position of Director of Tactical Warfare Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the position of Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategic Defense Systems.

"Mr. Kendall was born in Pittsfield, MA. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received a Masters Degree in Engineering from California Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration Degree from C.W Post Center of Long Island University, and recently a Juris Doctoris from Georgetown University Law Center. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Virginia.

"Mr. Kendall resides in Falls Church, VA with his wife Elizabeth Halpern." [1]

Mr. Kendall is also a member of the Amnesty International USA Executive Directors Leadership Council and he has been involved in AI’s ongoing capital campaign and in AI’s business relations program. With Human Rights First, Mr. Kendall was a major contributor to the effort to secure passage of the McCain anti-torture amendment and he serves as a human rights observer at the Military Commissions in Guantanamo, Cuba. Mr. Kendall is a West Point graduate with over 30 years of experience in the national security area including military, government, and industry positions. He was the Director of Tactical Warfare Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for several years and served as Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Strategic Defense Systems. In private industry he was the Corporate Vice President of Engineering of the Raytheon Company. Mr. Kendall obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. His purpose in obtaining a law degree was to be able to help individual clients who have suffered human rights abuses and to work for enforcement of human rights norms from a policy perspective." [2] Amnesty bio

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  1. Frank Kendall, Amnesty International, accessed May 18, 2009.
  2. Directors, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 14, 2008.