Thank You Veterans
Nov. 16, 2021 - Honoring All Who ServedClick here to watch the YouTube video
NRO Celebrates 60 years
Sept. 23, 2021 - The NRO celebrated its 60th anniversary on Monday, Sept. 6. Throughout the year, the NRO has been
NRO remembers 9/11
Sept. 10, 2021 - This year marks 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks where 2,977 innocent lives were lost far
NRO's 60th Anniversary
March 10, 2021 - This year the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) marks its 60th anniversary. From its inception
NRO Celebrates its Female Pioneers
March 5, 2021 - In recognition of NRO’s 60th Anniversary and Women’s History Month, we are reflecting on the people and technology that shaped our founding, particularly our female NRO Pioneers. As a result of our world-class team and heritage of innovation, NRO today has an unrivaled constellation of advanced overhead reconnaissance systems to support the nation’s defense and national security.
Read Across America Day: Women’s Edition
March 2, 2021 - Read Across America Day is a day to encourage reading among all ages. To celebrate Read Across America Day and Women’s History Month, the NRO Library has recommended several books on women in STEM and women in space.
NRO Celebrates Women’s History Month
March 1, 2021 - Women fuel every aspect of NRO’s mission. They are scientists, engineers, budget specialists, graphic designers, program managers, security officers, policy specialists, mission managers, ground operators, directors, and more.
Senate Intelligence Chairman Visits NRO Workforce
Feb. 19, 2021 - Sen. Mark Warner received a series of mission updates from across the directorates and spoke directly to the NRO workforce during a virtual town hall while visiting the NRO’s headquarters at Westfields today.
NRO Celebrates Black History Month
Feb. 10, 2021 - The NRO is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting some of our people who go above and beyond to drive diversity and inclusion initiatives, champion equal opportunity, and lead by example at NRO.
NRO 2020 Year in Review
Jan. 29, 2021 - In 2020, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) saw opportunity in the face of adversity. Despite
Connecting the past to the future
Jan. 7, 2021 - History was always one of my favorite subjects in school, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview Dr. James Outzen, Director of the Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance (CSNR) as part of NRO’s efforts to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
NRO releases new commercial radar RFI
Nov. 23, 2020 - The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) seeks industry input via a Request for Information (RFI) to gain a greater understanding of current and future capabilities of commercial radar providers. This RFI will support market research as well as modeling and simulation.
Si se puede (Yes you can)
Oct. 8, 2020 - During National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHM), I chatted with Ledia Rivera, the Principal Deputy of the Communications System Directorate (COMM) and senior champion for the NRO Hispanic Advisory Network (NHAN) and Jessenia Merced-Gonzalez, COMM’s Chief of Staff and Chair of the NHAN.
Secretary of the Air Force visits the NRO in Colorado
Oct. 2, 2020 - Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, visited the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado (ADF-C), September 23, 2020 learning firsthand how the collaborative mission stays mission-ready through the capabilities of airmen and assets at the ADF-C.
NRO Airmen transfer to U.S. Space Force
Sept. 3, 2020 - Approximately 20 Airmen assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office officially transitioned from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force during a ceremony at Fort Belvoir Sept. 2.
USSPACECOM commander visits NRO
Sept. 3, 2020 - National Reconnaissance Office leadership welcomed the new commander of U.S. Space Command for a tour and mission briefs at Aerospace Data Facility – East on Sept. 2.
NRO releases RFI on draft End User License Agreement construct
June 16, 2020 - On Thursday, June 11, 2020, the NRO released an unclassified Request for Information (RFI) on a draft End User License Agreement construct
designed to ensure maximum shareablility of commercial imagery across a diverse user community.
NRO launches second mission of 2020 with Rocket Lab
June 15, 2020 - The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) successfully launched its second mission of 2020 aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from Launch Complex-1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, at 1:12 a.m. EDT on June 13, 2020.
NRO’s Gambit-1 Goes Home to Rochester
Feb. 20, 2020 - Visitors to the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) in Rochester, New York, can now view a piece of NRO and Rochester history—the optical system of NRO’s Gambit-1 (KH-7) satellite is now on long-term loan to RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium. Rochester’s Eastman Kodak Company designed and manufactured Gambit-1’s then-classified optical system, enabling imagery with a resolution of two to three feet, ground-breaking technology in the 1960s.
Courage creating a culture of change
Jan. 29, 2020 - Former FBI agent Michael Quentin Williams spoke to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) workforce at NRO headquarters on Jan. 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
NRO Honors Two Pioneers of National Reconnaissance
Jan. 29, 2020 - The National Reconnaissance Office honored Edward C. Mahen, Jr. and Carol A. Staubach as Pioneers of National Reconnaissance during a special heritage event at NRO Westfields on Jan. 15.
NRO awards two commercial integration study contracts
Dec. 11, 2019 - The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) announced today the award of two data integration study contracts, one to Capella Space, for commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and the other to Hawkeye 360, for commercial radio frequency (RF) remote sensing.
NRO receives IC team award for outstanding service
Nov. 26, 2019 - The National Reconnaissance Office’s Distributed Common Ground System –Intelligence Community (DCGS-IC) Team was presented the Advancement of Capabilities to Discover and Access Information Award at the second annual National Intelligence Professional Awards for Information Sharing and Safeguarding, Friday, Nov. 1, at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
NRO Achieves Eleven Years of “Clean” Financial Audits
Nov. 14, 2019 - The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) received its eleventh consecutive unmodified (clean) audit of its annual financial statements, an accomplishment unequaled in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
NRO's IMPACT CubeSats launch on rideshare onboard NG-12
Nov. 2, 2019 - Two National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) research and development CubeSats were successfully launched via rideshare aboard an Antares rocket as part of the Northrop Grumman-12 (NG-12) Cygnus cargo resupply mission from NASA Wallops Space Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, Nov. 2, 2019.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month at NRO
Oct. 18, 2019 - Helen Keller, American author, political activist, lecturer and first deaf-blind woman to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree, once said “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision.” Millions of disabled people have been on the receiving end of the lack of societal vision for many years until the passage of legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act which provided access and support within the working world and the everyday things in life we all take for granted.
NRO celebrates Hispanic Americans' contributions to national security
Oct. 9, 2019 - Activists, astronauts, athletes, medical pioneers, entertainers, politicians, Nobel Laureates, Medal of Honor recipients, and a Supreme Court Justice, Hispanic Americans have contributed to the nation by touching every sector of our lives. These contributions are embodied in the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month theme "Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation."
Constitution Day: Celebrating the Guide of the Nation
Sept. 17, 2019 - George Washington called it “the guide which I will never abandon,” James Madison referred to it as “a miracle,” and even British Parliamentary leader William Pitt said it was “the model of all future constitutions.” Often debated, frequently copied, and open for interpretation, after 232 years the United States Constitution remains a vibrant, important cornerstone to the nation.
NRO, USSPACECOM exercise the protection and defense of space assets
Sept. 13, 2019 - The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in collaboration with the newly re-established U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) concluded its participation in the 13th Air Force Space Command Schriever Wargame today, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. The two-week long wargame demonstrated how NRO, USSPACECOM, and the broader space community will work together to protect, defend, and operate the Nation’s space systems and those of our allies and partners.
The Women’s Suffrage Movement: The Pathway to the Ballot Box
Aug. 26, 2019 - The NRO workforce includes talented women at every level who work hard each day to protect the security and freedoms of our nation. Incredibly the most fundamental of these freedoms, the right to vote, was achieved by American women only 99 years ago.
The Rescue of Apollo 11
July 16, 2019 - Captain Hank Brandli knew a terrible secret in the summer of 1969: the U.S. Air Force meteorologist had classiﬁed information indicating danger to the Apollo 11 crew returning to Earth from their historic mission.
New NRO Deputy Director assumes command
July 9, 2019 -
The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) welcomed U.S. Air Force Major General Michael A. Guetlein as the agency’s new deputy director during an Assumption of Command ceremony July 8 at its headquarters here.
NRO artifacts at Spy Museum answer 60 year old questions
June 28, 2019 - Former CIA Director Allen W. Dulles said that “intelligence is probably the least understood and most misrepresented of the professions”, but the re-opening of the International Spy Museum (ISM) on May 12, 2019 dispels some of that mystery with the help of artifacts loaned by NRO’s Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance (CSNR).