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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

May 28, 2021

“The Dish” sits down with NRO Pioneer Sam Araki

The NRO Office of Public Affairs, in coordination with NRO’s Asian Pacific American Network (NAPAN), held a teleconference with NRO Pioneer Minoru “Sam” Araki for Asian American Pacific Islander Month (AAPI).Araki discusses the struggles he faced in his early life, his stance on current events, his newest article “The 4C1000 Seven Tenets for the

May 26, 2021

DNI Haines and NRO Director discuss Vandenberg NROL-82 Launch

On Monday, April 26, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and NRO Director Dr. Chris Scolese joined Chief of Space Operations for the Space Force, Gen. Jay Raymond to watch the successful launch of NROL-82 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The Delta V Heavy, built by United Launch Alliance, carried a national security

May 24, 2021

NRO Director addresses HASC Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

On May 24, Dr. Scolese addressed the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Subcommittee on Strategic Forces at its FY22 Priorities for National Security Space Program Hearing.Dr. Scolese highlighted the accomplishments the NRO had met in the past year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the innovation and vision for the future as the NRO reflects on its

May 21, 2021

NRO remembers former Deputy Director Dr. F. Robert Naka

Dr. Fumio Robert “Bob” Naka served as Deputy Director of the NRO from July 1969 – August 1972, the first to be hired from outside of the CIA.Dr. Naka was born in San Francisco, California to Japanese immigrant parents. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and began studying engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles. He was

May 20, 2021

Dr. Meink Delivers Keynote at Ohio Space Forum

NRO’s Principal Deputy Director, Dr. Troy Meink, spoke about NRO’s role in national space to an online audience of several hundred during the 2nd annual Ohio Space Forum, May 18, 2021.According to the event organizers, “The Ohio Space Forum will bring together federal, military, industry, and academic leaders in the dynamic fields of space