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SDA’s $11B Five-Year Budget Draft Not Likely To Fly

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“This is not going to be helpful over on the Hill,” one former congressional staffer said of SDA’s $11 billion, five-year draft budget. “In fact, it could put the final nails in SDA’s coffin.”

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SDA Will Control Many Sat Buys, But NOT NROs: Tournear

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“We are the ones that say this is what needs to be done” to build a next-gen space architecture, says SDA Acting Director Derek Tournear. Except when they don’t.

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Pentagon Cancels Multi-Billion $ Boeing Missile Defense Program

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Scrapping Boeing’s Redesigned Kill Vehicle program — which was put on hold in March — will kick off a new effort to build a modernized generation of ballistic missile interceptors.

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Mike Griffin Says 5G Top New Priority for R&E Shop

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“What I want to bet on is the ability of the United States and our Western allies to out-innovate adversaries,” says Mike Griffin, undersecretary of Defense for research and engineering.

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Norquist Pledges To Shakeup Budget; Sharp Eye On R & D

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Presumptive Deputy Defense Secretary Norquist pledged to “revise budget review timelines and data collection standards to maximize senior leader decision-making quality and timing.”

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SDA Prioritizes Missile Tracking, Satellite Links

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The RFI explains that SDA is looking to potential contractors to supply “concepts for rapid prototyping, risk-reduction efforts that could be demonstrated in less than 18 months” that link to its proposed architecture.

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RUMOR: Mike Griffin May Be Next Space Leader to Go

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Insiders say dysfunction within Griffin’s office is creating concerns within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

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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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Top DoD Official Shank Resigns; SCO Moving To DARPA

Posted by Colin Clark on


“My integrity and belief in SCO’s mission is more important to me than my friendship over many years with Mike (Griffin).”

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Space Force: It’s Not Dead, But…

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


CSIS’s Todd Harrison, who supports the proposal, says his odds on the Space Force being fully approved by Congress this year are currently “slightly less than 50 percent.”

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