NRO Changes to Be Announced Next Week?

NRO Changes to Be Announced Next Week?

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair will formally agree to a new “statement of principles” for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) next week, reports Colin Clark at DODBuzz.com.

NRO builds and operates U.S. reconnaissance satellites and has been under strong criticism for several years as programs have spiraled out of control. A panel chaired by Trey Obering, former director of DOD’s Missile Defense Agency, was set up by Blair to make recommendations on a new charter for NRO. The panel reported its findings earlier this fall. Rumors about the panel’s findings ran the gamut: NRO would significantly lose power and influence, NRO would significantly gain power and influence, or the situation would remain about the same.

The new article from DODBuzz suggests that little has changed. It quotes unnamed sources who say the new principles will give NRO and the NRO Director more power — or not — depending on the source’s point of view.

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