Mike Vickers, undersecretary of Defense for intelligence said that the National Reconnaissance Office has new spy satellites that are “the most significant change to our overhead architecture in at least three decades.”
He added that the satellites offer “a truly integrated system of systems for the first time.”
According to a Pentagon source of AOL Defense writer Colin Clark, Vickers was speaking about the satellite’s ability to look at one object for a longer period of time than ever before.
Clark noted that the NRO is now sending aloft sensors on commercial or government satellites known as “hosted payloads,” which Vickers might have been reffering to when he spoke about the advanced overhead architecture.
Vickers also said the NRO is working on machine-to-machine intelligence tracking.
He also referred to a new strategic bomber that has been kept under wraps as “the operational manifestation” of the strategic shift to the Pacific.