Set up by the U.S. Defense
Department in 1992. The NRO Director is typically appointed by the Secretary of
Defense and is responsible for consolidating into one program all Department of
Defense air vehicle and satellite overflight projects for intelligence. This mission is defined
as the National Reconnaissance Program.
The NRO works with the Defense Space Operations Committee
(DSOC) on budgets, policy, programs, and requirements. The NRO also performs
operations approved by the Defense Space Operations Committee and establishes
interfaces between the Defense
Intelligence Agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National
Reconnaissance Office, the National
Security Agency, and the U.S. Intelligence Board. Moreover, when needed,
the NRO utilizes qualified personnel from the Department of Defense as
full-time personnel in the NRO.
See Also: Defense
Intelligence Agency (DIA); Intelligence; National Security Agency (NSA).
Aftergood, S. NRO Organization. [Online, March 11, 1996.] National
Reconnaissance Office Website. http://www.fas.org/irp/nro/nroorg.htm.