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Budget justification for National Reconnaissance Office provides glimpses of agency operations

The NRO workforce is aging. “The number of experienced officers eligible or approaching eligibility for retirement is growing. Of the current workforce, 53 percent are eligible or will become eligible to retire in the next 10 years.” (p. 10) As in other agencies, unauthorized disclosures and the “insider threat” are a renewed focus of attention. NRO security personnel “conduct daily CI [counterintelligence] activities to include auditing, monitoring, and analyses [against] the insider threat” (p. 268). In FY 2012, NRO proposed to “expand automation of IT to provide analysis-enabling auditing and monitoring of user activity on classified computer systems to detect anomalous behavior” (p. 3). NRO mission ground stations conduct “24 hour a day operations to continually apprise DoD, IC and National users of NRO systems’ status” while “maintaining awareness of and protection of...

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/08/nro_fy2012.html

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