National Reconnaissance Office

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Group.png National Reconnaissance Office   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Motto"Supra Et Ultra"
(Above And Beyond)
Parent organizationUS/Department/Defense
Purpose/focusTo ensure that the US has the technology and spaceborne and airborne assets needed to acquire intelligence worldwide.
HeadquartersChantilly, Virginia
LeaderDirector of the National Reconnaissance Office
Subgroups• Office of Space Launch
• Special Communications Office
• Advanced Systems & Technology Directorate
• Business Plans & Operations Directorate
• Communications Systems Acquisition Directorate
• Ground Enterprise Directorate
• Imagery Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate
• Management Services & Operations Directorate
• Mission Operations Directorate
• Mission Support Directorate
• Signals Intelilgence Systems Acquisition Directorate
• Systems Engineering Directorate
Interest ofNational Underwater Reconnaissance Office
Member ofUnited States Intelligence Community
SubpageNational Reconnaissance Office/Director

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is an agency of the US Department of Defense.



9/11 Exercises

The National Reconnaissance Office had scheduled an exercise for September 11, 2001 due to start at 9 a.m. involving a corporate jet crashing into one of the four towers of the NRO Headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia. An NRO spokesman, Art Houbold said that "It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve an aircraft crashing into our facility."[1][2]

Cover up

News of the 9/11 Chantilly aircraft crashing simulation was not made public until almost a year later, in the form of a simple announcement of a Homeland Security Conference. The latter entitled “Homeland Security: America’s Leadership Challenge” was held in Chicago on September 6, 2002.[3]


  1. NRO Emergency Response to a Small Aircraft Crash, Exercise Concept, 9/11 Commission Documents, Team 8, Box 16, Misc-Work-Paper-Fdr-NRO-Exercise-Plane-Crash-Into-Building, #809

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