National Reconnaissance Office
The National Reconnaissance Office is responsible for maintaining global vigilance in times of peace and war. It develops, acquires, launches and operates innovative space-based surveillance and reconnaissance systems, are the foundation for America's advantage and strength in space, which collect and deliver intelligence to enhance U.S. national security.
One of 18 agencies in the Intelligence Community, the NRO was established in September 1961 as a classified agency in the Department of Defense. The existence of the NRO and its mission was officially declassified in September 1992. The NRO works collaboratively with mission partners to ensure analysts have the most relevant, high-quality, timely data available to produce actionable intelligence products for use by warfighters and national decision makers.