National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
Headquartered in Chantilly, Va.| Official Web site
The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) was established in September 1961 as a classified agency of the Department of Defense. The existence of the NRO and its mission of overhead (satellite) reconnaissance were declassified in September 1992. Headquartered in Chantilly, the NRO designs, builds and, with the Air Force, operates the nation’s reconnaissance satellites, which are the main collection assets for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) source data. The satellites also provide significant signals intelligence (SIGINT) data.
The director of the NRO is selected by the secretary of defense with the concurrence of the director of national intelligence (DNI) and also serves as the assistant to the secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence Space Technology). The NRO’s workforce includes personnel assigned to the NRO primarily from the Air Force, the CIA and the Navy. The NRO collaborates closely with its mission partners: National Security Agency (NSA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), CIA, U.S. Strategic Forces Command, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and the Department of the Navy, as well as other intelligence and defense organizations.
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- Management consulting and administration
- Air and satellite operations
- Cyber operations
- Facilities and Infrastructure
- Weapons technology
- Information technology
- Staffing and personnel
- Building and personal security
- Technical intelligence
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