Griffin Drafts DARPA to Create DOD Space Development Agency

Mike Griffin

SpaceNews reports that Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin has drafted DARPA to help put together the DOD’s Space Development Agency, which is designed to help cut through red tape to develop new systems rapidly.

In a Dec. 6 memo titled, “Space Development Agency Study Team Direction and Tasking,” Griffin directed Fred Kennedy, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, to lead a study team and come up with recommendations for the “implementation of the Space Development Agency.”

A DoD source shared the contents of the memo with SpaceNews. The memo was sent to key leaders across the department, including the secretaries of the military services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Strategic Command, as well as the director of the National Reconnaissance Office.

Kennedy was not given a lot of time to complete the study. “I expect this effort will require 45 to 60 days,” Griffin wrote. The DARPA team has to provide an “interim progress report” within 30 days to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and the space governance committee.

  • redneck

    I have to wonder if Griffin will predetermine the answers as disastrously as he did with Ares/SLS.

  • savuporo

    Ol’ Mikey is back, ready to waste another decade in space !

  • duheagle

    I think this move on Griffin’s part is likely aimed at redeeming his problematic reputation acquired while NASA Administrator. The man is getting old enough to be thinking, increasingly, about his legacy.

    DARPA is the ideal lead for this effort as it has long experience dealing with start-ups and small players, not just the Big Three legacies. Promptly repairing decades of USAF neglect of space as a war-fighting medium is going to require all the entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box, fast-mover energy and creativity the nation can muster. There is no agency better qualified to set up the entity that must do the necessary cat herding than DARPA.

  • Paul451

    You failed harder than Dan Goldin.

    You failed harder than Dan Goldin.

    You failed harder than Dan Goldin.

    Go away. Go Away. Go Away.