National Reconnaissance Office could join Space Force down the road, Shanahan says

WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday indicated there could be an integration of the National Reconnaissance Office into the Space Force down the line, despite a decision to leave the NRO on its own for now.

Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the formation of Space Force, Shanahan was asked by ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I., why the NRO wasn’t put under the potential new branch of the military. Shanahan’s answer: The Defense Department didn’t want to delay a Space Force while it figures out how to work NRO into the picture.

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