Lawmakers reject DOD request for early launch of new Space Development Agency

By Jason Sherman  
July 11, 2019 at 12:41 PM
Lawmakers have turned down a Pentagon gambit to accelerate the Space Development Agency's launch, citing concern about the sudden resignation last month of the agency's director and shifting plans for the new entity. The move signals Congress' flagging confidence in Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin's project to rapidly develop, acquire and field next-generation space capabilities. In a July 3 letter to the Pentagon comptroller, Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX), chairman and ranking...

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