NRO Directors

Dr. Joseph V. Charyk
Under Secretary of the Air Force, 1961-1963

Dr. Charyk consolidated the CIA, Air force, and Navy space programs into the NRO. He brought the first U.S. imagery satellite, CORONA, into operation and demonstrated signals intelligence technology from space. During his tenure, the NRO operated the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and managed development of the A-12.

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