Jeffrey K. Harris

Jeffrey K. Harris
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11th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
In office
May 19, 1994[1] – February 26, 1996
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMartin C. Faga
Succeeded byKeith R. Hall
Personal details
Born (1953-06-28) June 28, 1953 (age 66)
White Plains, New York

Jeffrey K. Harris (born June 28, 1953)[2] is an American aerospace executive who served as 11th director of the National Reconnaissance Office from 1994 to 1996. He is currently the chairman of the board of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

Life and career

Harris graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology.[3] In 1978, he transferred from the National Photographic Intelligence Center to The Office of Development and Engineering.

Time at NRO

Mr. Harris managed the integration of NRO programs into three functional directorates. He was a member of the R. James Woolsey panel that studied the future of NRO systems. He was a major proponent and architect of consolidating signals intelligence systems in a new partnership with the National Security Agency. Mr. Harris directed the CORONA program declassification and established a public affairs program.[4]

Harris and deputy director Jimmie D. Hill were dismissed in 1996 after losing track of more than $2 billion in classified money. Harris was replaced by Keith Hall.[5]

Harris was named president of the Space Systems-Missiles & Space Operations division of Lockheed Martin in 2001.[6]


  1. ^ Laurie, Clayton. Leaders of the National Reconnaissance Office 1961-2001. Office of the Historian, National Reconnaissance Office. 1 May 2002.
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  3. ^ Richelson, Jeffrey T. (2002). The Wizards of Langley: Inside the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology. Westview Press, ISBN 978-0-8133-4059-3
  4. ^ National Reconnaissance Office: Jeffrey K. Harris official biography
  5. ^ Weiner, Tim (February 27, 1996) Spy Satellite Agency Heads Are Ousted For Lost Money. New York Times
  6. ^ Staff report (March 8, 2001). New Chief for Missiles & Space. San Jose Mercury News

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