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New SDA Head Kennedy Quits; Turmoil Erupts In DoD Space

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SDA Director Fred Kennedy steps down, amid turmoil within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin.

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DARPA’s R3D2: Big Company Makes Small Sat Fast

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The R3D2 spacecraft’s cutting-edge antenna is “compressed into a small volume and then blooms on orbit,” explains Northrop Grumman’s Scott Stapp.

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DARPA Blackjack: Who’ll Get Prized Satellite Tech, Air Force Or SDA?

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Large networks of small, cheap satellites derived from commercial technology would be harder for China or Russia to kill than a handful of expensive, exquisite military-unique birds. But who gets to build it?

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SDA’s Kennedy: Cislunar Space The Next Military Frontier

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As commercial activities such as mining expand from Earth to the Moon, there will be “a need for the equivalent to a Navy or Air Force” to protect that region of space, says SDA chief Fred Kennedy.

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Pentagon Commercial Space Choices Widen As Space Unicorns Blossom

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Venture capital funds are pouring money into space start-ups — including a number of firms being eyed by DoD –with investment in 2018 hitting a record high of $3.2 billion.

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