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DoD Announces Derek Tournear As SDA’s Permanent Director

The Department of Defense (DoD) stated that Derek Tournear will now take charge as the permanent Director of the Space Development Agency (SDA), which was established in March of this year. Earlier since June 2019, he was working as the agency’s Acting Director.

The SDA works under the office of Mike Griffin, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. In a news release, DoD stated that Tournear is the “foremost permanent Director of the Space Development Agency.” Earlier, Griffin had selected Fred Kennedy for this position; however, he left the agency prior to making his position permanent. Before getting selected to replace Kennedy’s position, Tournear was working as Griffin’s Assistant Director For Space.

Griffin stated that with the help of commercially developed technology, the SDA will speed up the acquisition of space systems. SDA’s key aim is the deployment of huge numbers of low orbiting satellites along with sensors that can notice hypersonic missiles and other advanced weapons. This sensing activity is said to be critical when a strategic missile warning satellite or conventional radar is employed. Further, SDA’s plans include designing a National Defense Space Architecture, which will hold about 6 space layers along with the ground systems to guide all the forthcoming DoD space investments.

In a statement, Griffin said, “Our strategy is to combine efforts across the government agencies and military services to swiftly develop abilities that are cost-effective, are responsive to the threat, and boost our technological advantage. Derek will head our attempt to achieve those objectives.”

On a similar note, the chiefs of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) collaborated to sign a key Joint Statement of Intent for Space Cooperation during the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. Reportedly, NASA’s Administrator James Bridenstine and President & POLSA’s Head Michal Szaniawski came together to make the official announcement of the coordination and cooperation between the U.S. and Poland on equally beneficial space pursuits and space study.

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