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After various intrigues in the Pentagon and White House to gain enough funding priority and independence for his new Western Development Division (later Ballistic Missile Division) in Los Angeles, Schriever faced intense inter-service rivalry with his colorful Army counterpart, John Medaris, whose Redstone Arsenal employed the most renowned of all rocket scientists, Werhner von Braun.
A string of vital capabilities, such as Thor, Atlas, Delta, Titan, Discoverer, and the Defense Satellite Communications System, were developed within the first 10 years of the Western Development Division that helped to lay the foundations of every aspect of operational space capability known today.
In 1954 the Air Force Research and Development Command established the Western Development Division and named Bernard A.