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Mike Leahy to Lead DARPA’s Tactical Tech Office

Mike Leahy, a former executive at Northrop Grumman, will serve as head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. DARPA Director and a 2019 Wash100 winner Steven Walker told the publication on Wednesday that Leahy will join the agency in late May to succeed Fred Kennedy, who was recently named head of the Department of Defense’s space development agency.

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Space Dev’t Agency Plans to Issue Smallsat Capabilities RFI Ahead of 2022 Launch

The Department of Defense’s recently established Space Development Agency is slated to release a request for information on low Earth orbit small satellite capabilities by summer of this year, Space News reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the SDA, told reporters that he intends to launch SDA satellites into orbit by 2022. 

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Seeks to Grow ‘Margin of Dominance’ in Space

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Patrick Shanahan said the Department of Defense’s objective is to accelerate the “margin of dominance” in space to protect the country’s $19 trillion economy and military systems, the DoD website reported Wednesday. Shanahan said Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that DoD’s reorganization efforts to recognize space as a warfighting domain supports the goal and involves the creation of a new Space Force within the Department of the Air Force, development of a new Space Command and formation of a new Space Development Agency.
 

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New Mexico Legislators Make Push to Host New Space Agency

Legislators from New Mexico sent a letter to Patrick Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, regarding the state's interest in hosting the new Space Development Agency, Space News reported Monday. The lawmakers are attempting to persuade Shanahan to select New Mexico as the new agency's location. The department could work with the existing volume of space researchers in the state, the report noted.

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Report: DoD Launches Space Development Agency

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan officially unveiled the new space development agency, CNN reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, will lead the agency as part of the proposed space force, according to a copy of Shanahan’s memo obtained by the publication.

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DoD Seeking $270M in FY 2020 Budget for Space Force HQ, Agency, Combatant Command

The Department of Defense is seeking $270M in funds for fiscal year 2020 to establish the Space Development Agency, U.S. Space Command and headquarters for the new Space Force, SpaceNews reported Monday. DoD will request $120M for the Space Development Agency, $84M for the new combatant command and $64M for the new headquarters, according to a draft memo obtained by the publication. 

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Report: Michael Griffin’s Office to Oversee Space Development Agency

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has issued a memo directing Michael Griffin, defense undersecretary for research and engineering, to submit by March 1 a plan to establish a new space development agency, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Griffin’s office will oversee the new agency, which is expected to be set up no later than March 29, according to the Jan. 19 memo initially reported by Inside Defense.

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Chris Shank: DoD Plans to Create Joint Agency for Space Tech Dev’t

During the recent American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics event in San Diego, Calif., Chris Shank, the Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office director, said the U.S. plans to establish a joint Space Development Agency to reinforce its space leadership, DoD said Tuesday. Shank said the Pentagon will work extensively this year on the creation of the new agency as part of its efforts to rapidly prototype and field new space technologies.

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DARPA to Help DoD Stand New Space Development Agency

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been tasked with providing recommendations to the Pentagon for establishing a proposed agency that would lead efforts to build and acquire space technologies for the military, Space News reported Thursday. DARPA will study the process and approach for the Space Development Agency following a directive by Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin.

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