The Space Development Agency, established March 12, 2019, ensures continued U.S. leadership in an era of renewed great power competition. Our charge is to create and sustain lethal, resilient, threat-driven, and affordable military space capabilities that provide persistent, resilient, global, low-latency surveillance to deter or defeat adversaries.
SDA is responsible for orchestrating the Department's future threat-driven space architecture and accelerating the development and fielding of new military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantage in space for national defense. To achieve this mission, SDA will unify and integrate next-generation space capabilities to deliver the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA), a resilient military sensing and data transport capability via a proliferated space architecture primarily in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The NDSA is comprised of the following layers, addressing the critical priorities for space identified within the DoD Space Vision:
Our mission, which is aligned with the National Defense Strategy, is to define and deliver the Department’s future resilient, threat-driven, and affordable military space architecture for the joint warfighter. With the NDS and the capability gaps identified in the DoD Space Vision guiding our thinking, SDA will continuously refine and prioritize activities to ensure U.S. leadership in space.
SDA's mission begins and ends with the warfighter. SDA recognizes that good enough capabilities in the hands of warfighter sooner may be better than delivering the perfect solution too late. SDA remains mission-focused and continues to make advances toward delivering the next-generation NDSA.
In Latin, it means “always faster.” SDA recognizes that good enough capabilities in the hands of the joint warfighter sooner may be better than delivering the perfect solution too late. Because of this, it means we as an agency accept a higher level of risk, employ novel business models, and move to develop and field capabilities more quickly than you might see in “traditional” government agencies. We believe this builds resiliency into our people and our product—the National Defense Space Architecture.
When we say “semper citius,” we mean that we are moving at or ahead of the speed of the threat because we know the joint warfighter is counting on us.