John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee in March. Credit: Department of Defense
Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USNI photo)

Space Development Agency is priority one for DoD. But what exactly will the SDA do?

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Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he expects a new Space Development Agency to be in place sometime in the first quarter of 2019.

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Vice President Mike Pence (left) announced the Pentagon's detailed plan to establish a Space Force as the first new military branch in over 70 years. (DoD via Flickr)
A Chinese military communications satellite launches atop a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in November 2015. Credit: Xinhua
“[Project Maven] is not
weaponizing. We are trying to take repetitive tasks that
are routine, like processing of pictures, and automating them,” said U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson, shown above testifying before
the Senate Armed Services Committee in February. Credit: Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Congress slipped an extra pair of WGS satellites into the 2018 omnibus bill. Credit: Boeing
Most of the Army's advanced weapons, including missile defenses, depend on space systems (Army photo)

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