Michael Griffin Talks Space Development Agency’s Acquisition Strategy at Industry Day

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Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the Space Development Agency’s acquisition strategy seeks to accelerate the development of capabilities that are cost effective and responsive to any threat, the DoD website reported Tuesday.

The strategy supports SDA’s efforts to mass produce satellites that ensure redundancy and make it more challenging for adversaries to attack them, Griffin said Tuesday during SDA’s industry day. He also cited SDA's role in advancing communication between service branches and government agencies to identify capability gaps and avoid duplication.

Derek Tournear, acting director of SDA, also spoke at the event to provide an overview of the agency and discuss its role in helping military branches advance their space initiatives. The report said SDA plans to deploy several platforms such as defensive anti-jamming, anti-spoofing and cyber capabilities and artificial intelligence-based ground systems and cross-networked satellites.

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