NRO satellite programs remain 'in the green,' director says

The director of the National Reconnaissance Office says that the nation’s classified satellite fleet is in good shape and so are the development programs in motion to produce a new generation of spacecraft to collect data on U.S. adversaries, reports Aviation Week.

If the agency should be required to make near-term budget cuts, those would most likely be made in operations accounts to maintain funding levels for the office’s personnel and technology, NRO Director and retired Air Force Gen. Bruce Carlson said Sept. 15. For now, though, all of the agency’s programs in development are “in the green,” he said.

NRO has made great strides in countering terrorism on the battlefield through the use of programs such as “Red Dot” in which various types of intelligence -- signals intelligence and imagery – are processed in minutes and red marks placed on soldiers’ digital maps, indicating the location of improvised explosive devices, he said.

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