Kerr takes helm of National Reconnaissance Office

The intelligence agency responsible for being the nation's eyes and ears in space has a new director.

Donald M. Kerr was appointed director of the National Reconnaissance Office July 22, replacing Peter B. Teets who also served as undersecretary of the Air Force. Teets recently retired and moved back to Colorado, according to an NRO spokesman.

NRO designs, builds and operates the country's reconnaissance satellites. The agency is staffed by Defense Department and CIA personnel and funded through the National Reconnaissance Program, which is part of the National Foreign Intelligence Program.

Kerr previously worked as deputy director for science and technology for the Central Intelligence Agency. He has also served as assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he oversaw forensic examinations, the development of surveillance and tactical communications technologies, and support for law enforcement through research, training and operational deployments.

Kerr earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, a master's degree in microwave electronics and a doctorate in plasma physics and microwave electronics, all from Cornell University.

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