Christopher Scolese, formerly director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, has taken oath to lead the National Reconnaissance Office. Joseph Kernan, undersecretary for intelligence at the Department of Defense, swore in Scolese during a ceremony on Aug. 5, NRO said Monday.
In his new role, Scolese will oversee, guide and direct all aspects of NRO and perform tasks from the director of national intelligence and the secretary of DoD. Scolese has served as a deputy associate administrator for space science at NASA and led the agency's Earth Science Program as a deputy director for flight projects. He also worked with the U.S. Navy for nine years.
"I am looking forward to fulfilling the great responsibility ahead of me and helping the NRO accomplish its mission to provide innovative overhead intelligence systems that help keep our nation safe and secure,” said Scolese.