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The Space Development Agency Is Set Up: Now What?

March 25, 2019

Episode Notes:

The Space Development Agency has been set up. It is touted to bring acquisition efficiencies, cost savings, and has plans to build a Low Earth Orbit network of satellites designed to better detect hypersonic weapons. How will it do?

Joan Johnson-Freese, Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College and author of the book, Space Warfare in the 21st Century, joins the Warcast to consider the ambition and plan of the new SDA. (~12 minutes)

Disclaimer: The views of the author are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Naval War College or the U.S. Government.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:50 ] Likelihood of being superior for innovation
[ 2:17 ] Shanahan's project
[ 4:08 ] Organizational culture on innovation
[ 5:44 ] Cost savings or not
[ 6:27 ] The agency after the Administration
[ 10:07 ] Early task: Low Earth Orbit satellite network
[ 11:15 ] Location: New Mexico versus D.C.

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