SDA’s Derek Tournear Talks Army Partnerships for Space Defense Layer Effort

SDA’s Derek Tournear Talks Army Partnerships for Space Defense Layer Effort
Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA), said SDA is working to establish a multilayered space defense architecture to enable direct communication between weapons systems and a tactical data link, DoD News reported Friday.

Tournear told attendees at an Aviation Week-hosted teleconference that the U.S. Army serves as SDA’s "closest partner" to leverage the satellite network to detect beyond-line-of-sight mobile targets and hypersonic missile threats.

He noted that the Link-16 data link technology will support the mesh network’s functionalities related to the targeting of ground and maritime assets as well as the rapid transmission of on-orbit data to the ground.

Such efforts will support SDA’s partnership with the Army for the Titan high-frequency satellite communications program and the U.S. Navy’s similar satcom initiatives once the SDA satellite network goes live, Tournear noted.

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