WHO WE ARE
SDA’s mission begins and ends with the warfighter. SDA recognizes that good enough capabilities in the hands of the warfighter soon may be better than delivering the perfect solution too late. SDA will deliver capabilities to our joint warfighting forces in two-year tranches.
SDA recognizes the need to establish an “intellectual pipeline“ to access ideas from across the community to inform future tranches. SDA will seek architecture concepts, system designs, enabling technologies, and emergent capabilities to enable leap-ahead advances in future tranches or enable new capability layers to address emerging warfighter needs.
SDA leadership continues to push the boundaries of next-generation space capabilities. Our team consists of experts from across the space domain who are experienced in developing capabilities to the warfighter. The SDA management team is focused on fostering relationships within the DoD and across industry partners to ensure the best technology is prevail quickly. Our demand signals come from the warfighter and SDA is committed to engaging all the necessary leadership to provide the warfighter is what they need.
SDA aims to provide responsive and resilient space capabilities and support of the Joint Force and as part of the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) - increasing warfighters’ lethality, maneuverability, and survivability.
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.