Space Development Agency
Mike Griffin: "Some elements of Congress are very supportive. Others are skeptical."
The Army is pondering broader use of low-cost satellites for tactical applications.
Todd Harrison: Space Defense Force “more accurately emphasizes the primary job of military space forces, which is to defend our assets in space."
Griffin: The SDA is "not the arbiter and owner of all things space."
The SDA is preparing to host its first public meeting with space industry contractors as it tries to reassure skeptics.
Defense nominee Mark Esper calls on Congress to provide ‘necessary resources’ to stand up Space Force
Esper told the SASC that, if confirmed, he intends to get involved in the Space Force legislative debate.
The committee cited concerns about the "turmoil surrounding the Space Development Agency."
The SDA is looking to develop an "agile, responsive next-generation space architecture."
Tournear will be 'dual-hatted' as SDA acting director and assistant director for space at the office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering,
In the coming weeks, the Defense Department, the Air Force and the Army will have new secretaries.
DoD statement: "An acting director of SDA will be announced soon."
DoD sources said Esper is likely to continue to advocate for space investments.
Gen. Paul Selva: Military forces in the field need “ubiquitous communications”
Kennedy says SDA will work with all the services. “Nobody said I have to build it all."
Congress’ review of the 2020 defense budget is just getting underway and already House appropriators have sent a strong signal to the Pentagon that they are not going to rubber stamp funding requests for the Space Development Agency.
House appropriators would block funding for the Space Development Agency pending a report on SDA's future projects and roles.