National Reconnaissance Office director on space threats, future tech and climate

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The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) provides credible, usable intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance information to government agencies. Government Matters’ Mimi Geerges interviewed NRO Director Dr. Christopher Scolese.

  • The NRO provides the government, military, policy makers and analysts information from space by putting satellites into orbit around Earth, said Scolese.
  • The office collects information about adversaries’ intentions, natural disasters, sea-level rise and other subjects, he said.
  • Scolese said Russian and Chinese anti-satellite weapons threaten U.S. space systems so the NRO works to develop architectures that make those weapons less usable. He said it is important to get ahead of current technology.
  • The NRO works with startups and small businesses with innovative ideas as well as companies with more mature products, said Scolese.
  • He said the office is partnering with the United Kingdom on a launch, which will demonstrate that systems developed by and for the UK can be interoperable with U.S. systems.

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NRO Director Chris Scolese spoke with the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces during a hearing on April 6 (Photo by NRO staff)

National Reconnaissance Office 60th Anniversary Art Display (Photo by NRO Staff)

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