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Space Development Agency Joins Space Force Team; Director Derek Tournear Quoted

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The U.S. Space Force officially took the Space Development Agency under its wings, in line with a Congress-mandated realignment initiative in the National Defense Authorization Act.

USSF said Saturday the agency responsible for rapid space capability delivery will now report to the Chief of Space Operations for all other matters and the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration for acquisition efforts.

“SDA’s proliferated low Earth orbit constellation, as an integral part of the Space Force’s force design, brings resiliency, accelerated capability delivery through spiral development, and rapid technology refresh,” said Frank Calvelli, ASAF/SQ.

He added that the agency would retain its structure and culture.

“As we transfer to the U.S. Space Force, SDA looks forward to continuing our important work on the National Defense Space Architecture, which will deliver critical space-based capabilities to the joint warfighter,” said Derek Tournear, SDA director and previous Wash100 Award recipient.

Originally, SDA was under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, functioning as an independent defense agency that was expected to join the Space Force team. It was established in March 2019.