The Director of the NRO is appointed by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) with concurrence of the Director of National Intelligence. The Director reports to the SECDEF who, in concert with the DNI, has ultimate management and operational responsibility for the NRO. The DNI establishes collection requirements and priorities for satellite-gathered intelligence.
Director of the NRO (DNRO)
The Director of the NRO is responsible to the SECDEF and the DNI for all national space and assigned airborne reconnaissance activities. The DNRO provides top-level management direction to the NRO in response to SECDEF and DNI requirements.
Principal Deputy Director of the NRO (PDDNRO)
The Principal Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office reports to and coordinates with the DNRO on all NRO activities. The PDDNRO provides overall day-to-day management of the NRO with decision responsibility as delegated by the DNRO and, in the absence of the DNRO, acts on behalf of the DNRO on all matters. The Principal Deputy Director of the NRO is currently also the acting Director of the NRO.
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Deputy Director of the NRO (DDNRO)
The Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance assist the Director and Principal Deputy Director in the day-to-day direction of the NRO, and also serves as the senior Air Force Officer for the Air Force civilian and uniformed personnel assigned to NRO. For Space Radar, the DDNRO directs a program designed to satisfy both Department of Defense and Intelligence Community needs as part of a system of systems integrated approach toward persistent surveillance and reconnaissance capability for the nation.
Senior Enlisted Leader of the NRO
The Senior Enlisted Leader is the principal advisor to the NRO Director and senior staff on matters, welfare, quality of life, training, discipline, effective utilization, professional development and force structure for the joint service enlisted members assigned to the NRO.