Scott Large has been named as director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the Pentagon said last week.
The Director of National Intelligence concurred with the appointment, it added.
Before his appointment, Large served as the NRO's principal deputy director, and recently as the director of source operations and management in the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon said in a statement.
Large fills the slot held by Donald Kerr, who was confirmed by the Senate Oct. 4 as Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, second in command of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence after Director Mike McConnell. Since July 2005, Kerr served as NRO Director.
Large joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1986 and has held a variety of increasingly senior technical positions culminating as the associate deputy director for science and technology. He then moved back to the NRO to serve as the director of imagery systems acquisition and operations.
NRO is a DoD agency within the intelligence community that designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites. NRO is staffed by DoD and CIA personnel and funded through the National Reconnaissance Program, part of the National Intelligence Program.