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Sept. 10, 2021

NRO remembers 9/11

This year marks 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks where 2,977 innocent lives were lost far too soon. On Friday, Sept. 10, NRO members participated in a morning memorial run, followed by an internal ceremony for our workforce. NRO honored the victims, to include Col. Charles E. Jones, Chandler R. Keller and Ruben S. Ornedo, all of whom had

Sept. 9, 2021

Director Scolese sits down with JJ Green from WTOP News

Director Scolese recently sat down with WTOP National Security Correspondent JJ Green for his podcast “Target USA.” Released yesterday, Dr. Scolese's interview is the first current discussion between one of the 18 Intelligence Community leaders and Mr. Green. The conversation spans NRO's 60 year history and is available here.Diving right in, Green

Aug. 24, 2021

Director Scolese delivers keynote speech at 36th annual Space Symposium

On Aug. 24, Director Scolese delivered his keynote address on the main stage at the 36th Annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. During his speech, Director Scolese discussed where the NRO’s architecture is headed in the next 60 years and the importance of the partnership between the NRO and its allies."Since the very beginning, NRO’s mission

Aug. 20, 2021

Schreiner takes command of ADF Colorado

AURORA, Co – Aerospace Data Facility Colorado (ADF-C) welcomed new leadership during the Assumption of Command Ceremony held at ADF-C on 12 August 2021.Director of National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Mission Operations Directorate (MOD), Mr. T.J. Lincoln presided over the ceremony virtually from NRO headquarters, which transferred ADF-C authority

Aug. 10, 2021

NRO welcomes new deputy director, Maj. Gen. Donna Shipton

Maj. Gen. Donna D. Shipton assumed command of the NRO Space Force Element and officially became the deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in a change of command ceremony Aug. 9. As the deputy director, she will manage the strategic and tactical operations of the NRO, and serve as the senior advisor to the director on all

July 21, 2021

Washington Space Business Roundtable hosts Dr. Scolese

Director Scolese was the keynote speaker at the virtual Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) monthly luncheon program July 20. He discussed the need for the NRO to improve resiliency by continuing to leverage commercial industries and continuing the evolution of the acquisition process. “Commercial systems are a part of our current

July 13, 2021

Deputy Commander of NORAD visits NRO headquarters

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Alain Pelletier received a series of briefs at National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Westfield on July 12. Lt. Gen. Pelletier was accompanied by NORAD Director of Intelligence Brigadier General Parker H. Wright.Lt. Gen. Pelletier has served as the NORAD Deputy

June 28, 2021

Registration for the Director’s Innovation Initiative is open until August 11, 2021

The Director’s Innovation Initiative (DII) is an annual NRO program that solicits proposals from the U.S. government, industry and academic sources looking for classified or unclassified, low-maturity technology that could eventually advance for use in NRO’s overhead systems. Applicants can receive up to $500,000 in funding for accepted

June 25, 2021

NRO welcomes 2021 summer interns

On June 7, interns from universities across the U.S. arrived at NRO headquarters to participate in NRO's second summer internship program. Last summer was the inaugural launch of the program, and it has expanded to more than five times the number of interns participating this year.For 10 weeks from June 7-Aug. 13, undergraduate and graduate

June 15, 2021

NRO returns to Virginia’s Space Coast with NROL-111

CHANTILLY, Va. — Today the National Reconnaissance Office, in collaboration with U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Northrop Grumman, and Virginia Space/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, successfully launched the NROL-111 mission aboard a Northrop Grumman Minotaur I. The Minotaur I launched at 9:35 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Wallops