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NRO’s Kristina Harrington Sees Acquisition System Keeping Gov’t Behind Private Sector in Cyber Capabilities

Kristina Harrington, signals intelligence directorate chief at the National Reconnaissance Office, has said that the U.S. government needs to overcome hurdles in the acquisition process so it catch up with the private sector in cyber capabilities, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Colin Clark writes that her statements echoed those of Col. Dean …

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Report: Betty Sapp Named First Woman to Head NRO

The National Reconnaissance Office is set to be led by a woman for the first time in the organization’s history, AOL Defense reports. NRO Principal Deputy Director Betty Sapp is set to assume the agency’s top post, currently held by Bruce Carlson, according to an email sent out by Sapp …

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NRO to Open Communication Line with Liaison Office

It seems the line of communication between the Defense Department and the National Reconnaissance Office is opening up, with recent meetings at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and the newly created Air Force Materiel Command/NRO Liaison Office. The Air Force released a notice that following the NRO liaison office …

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NRO, NASA, Air Force Declare Open Competition for Space Launches

The National Reconnaissance Office, NASA and the U.S. Air Force are attempting to encourage more companies to seek contracts with new guideline for certifying commercial launch vehicles to send payloads into space and complete Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle missions, as reported by Signal Online. The guideline combines similar practices while …

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NRO Head Concerned Over Science, Tech Demo Budget Cuts

The National Reconnaissance Office is concerned that budget cuts will force the agency to cut science and technology demonstration missions because large satellite programs already underway would be difficult to scale back, the agency’s top official said Monday. NRO Director Bruce Carlson told attendees at the GEOINT geospatial intelligence conference in …

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Bruce Carlson

  Bruce Carlson serves as the director of the National Reconnaissance Office, a position he has held since June 2009. NRO, launched in 1961, is the agency responsible for designing, building, launching and maintaining U.S. intelligence satellites and is one of the 16 member agencies of the intelligence community. Before …

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GAO Report Recommends More Oversight of DoD ISR

Funding for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance — or ISR as it’s known — is thought to be one area of the Defense Department’s budget pie that won’t be shrinking any time soon. The successful intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden helped cement ISR’s reputation in a …

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2010: The Breakout Year for GEOINT

In many others years, geospatial intelligence may have – pardon the pun – slipped under the radar; in fact, often that was the point. But 2010 saw a renewed sense of mission for the once-unknown network of agencies, companies and technologies. Or, as intelligence news and analysis webiste got geoint? …

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NRO Marks 50 Years with Largest Spy Satellite Launch

The National Reconnaissance Office, the agency responsible for designing, building and operating the nation’s reconnaissance satellites celebrates its 50th birthday this year. And, in addition to its renewed sense of mission for the 21st century, the agency also has a milestone under its belt — the launch of the largest …

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NRO Mission Support Chief Addresses Intelligence Issues

Deputy Director of Mission Support for the National Reconnaissance Office Robert Zitz briefed the Intelligence and National Security Alliance last month on the timely issues of Multi-INT and information-sharing between intelligence agencies. Speaking before INSA’s Innovative Technology Council, Zitz emphasized access to communications, collaboration and support for intelligence-gatherers to better …

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