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Director of the National Reconnaissance Office and Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence Space Technology)

Scott F. Large became the sixteenth NRO Director and was also appointed Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence Space Technology) in October 2007. He was appointed DNRO by the Secretary of Defense with the concurrence of the Director of National Intelligence.

Mr. Large joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1986 as a Project Management Engineer in the Office of Development and Engineering developing advanced spacecraft payloads at the NRO. He held various senior development and systems engineering positions within the NRO’s Imagery Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate through 1996. Also during this time, he served one year as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the NRO. In 1997, he became Deputy Director of the Future Imagery Architecture Program.

In 1998, Mr. Large was appointed the Deputy Chief for Programs within the CIA Directorate of Operations' Technology Management Office. In this position, he helped administer a joint national program while assisting in the development of the program's strategic plan and program management process. In 2000, he was selected as Director of the Clandestine Signals Intelligence Operations Group in the Office of Technical Collection within the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology. While there, he led the development and execution of critical collection operations for the Intelligence Community. In September 2000, he became the Deputy Director of the Office of Technical Collection.

Mr. Large's last CIA assignment was as Associate Deputy Director for Science and Technology, beginning in September 2001. He returned to the NRO to serve as Director, Imagery Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, from July 2003 to November 2006. Mr. Large was the Director, Source Operations and Management Directorate at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) until April 2007 when he again returned to the NRO to assume the position of NRO Principal Deputy Director.

Mr. Large received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1979 from the University of Central Florida, majoring in electro-optics and semiconductor devices. Before joining the government, he spent seven years in industry, during which time he was granted three patents in fiber optics technology.

His awards include the NRO Meritorious Service Medal, the NRO Superior Service Medal, the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal, the CIA Director’s Award, and the NGA Medallion for Excellence.

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