Alexander H. Flax

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Alexander H. Flax
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3rd Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
In office
October 1, 1965[1] – March 17, 1969[1]
PresidentJohn F. Kennedy/Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byBrockway McMillan
Succeeded byJohn L. McLucas
Personal details
Born(1921-01-18)January 18, 1921
Brooklyn, New York[2]
DiedJune 30, 2014(2014-06-30) (aged 93)
Potomac, Maryland
Spouse(s)Ida Leane[3]
ResidencePotomac, Maryland
Alma materNew York University
University of Buffalo
Occupationaeronautical engineer, government official

Alexander Henry Flax (January 18, 1921 – June 30, 2014) was the third Director of the National Reconnaissance Office.[4]

Flax was Director NRO as the second generation of imaging systems became operational and began to play a major role in United States intelligence during the Cold War. He advocated major growth in NRO funding and personnel. Flax oversaw the production of signals intelligence collectors from space and promoted the development of an electro-optical imaging system for U.S. reconnaissance satellites.[5]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Alexander H. Flax Obituary". The Washington Post. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  5. ^ Alexander H. Flax Archived 2009-08-13 at the Wayback Machine, official biography, National Reconnaissance Office

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