Nov. 3, 2021

NRO releases Electro-Optical Commercial Layer RFP

On Nov. 3, NRO released the EOCL RFP. This moves the agency closer to delivering the next generation of commercial imagery to meet the intelligence, defense, and federal civil agency user communities’ mission needs. The NRO’s Commercial Systems Program Office worked with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to gather and finalize user

Nov. 2, 2021

NRO opens unclassified collaboration center

On Thursday, Oct. 28, NRO officially opened the CASTLE—The Center for Advancing Science, Technology, Learning, and Engagements.The CASTLE is a collaboration with NRO’s Advanced Systems and Technology (AS&T) directorate, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and their partnership intermediary, the Virginia Tech Applied Research

Oct. 7, 2021

NRO Director announces new commercial acquisition opportunity at GEOINT Symposium

The annual United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) symposium kicked off Tuesday, Oct. 5 in St. Louis, Mo. The four-day event is the largest annual gathering of GEOINT professionals across the United States. This year’s theme is Discovery and Connections, and will focus on “examining the exponential

Sept. 23, 2021

NRO Celebrates 60 years

The NRO celebrated its 60th anniversary on Monday, Sept. 6. Throughout the year, the NRO has been highlighting declassified artifacts and historical events on social media and has been using 60th anniversary branding around its facilities and presentations. On the anniversary, the Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance (CSNR) sat down with

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