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April 2013 Volume 11, Issue 3

Cover / Q&A

10 Special Report: National Reconnaissance Office Who’s who in nro FOCus on innovation Two NRO programs specifically exist to explore cutting-edge technological innovations: the NRO Director’s Innovation Initiative and the Tactical Defense Support Reconnaissance program.

16 Betty J. Sapp Director NRO




With their promise of cost savings through shared use of satellite resources, hosted payload programs are drawing growing interest not only from commercial and military users, but also from the IC. By Henry Canaday

With clarity that would do credit to a high-definition flat screen TV, electro-optical sensors are more than ever providing military and intelligence users with crisp, clear images transmitted from airborne and space platforms. By Peter Buxbaum

In a major sign of the growing significance of activity-based intelligence (ABI), NGA recently awarded BAE Systems a multiyear, $60 million contract to provide ABI systems, tools and support for mission priorities. By Karen E. Thuermer


Electro-Optical Innovation

Activity-Based Intelligence

Industry Interview

2 Editor’s Perspective 4 Program Notes/PEOPLE 14 Industry Raster 27 Resource Center

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