Jeffrey K. Harris
Jeffrey K. Harris
|11th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office|
May 19, 1994 – February 26, 1996
|Preceded by||Martin C. Faga|
|Succeeded by||Keith R. Hall|
|Born||June 28, 1953|
White Plains, New York, US
|Alma mater||Rochester Institute of Technology|
Jeffrey King Harris (born June 28, 1953) is an American aerospace executive who served as 11th director of the National Reconnaissance Office from 1994 to 1996. Currently, he chair of the RIT Board of Trustees.
Life and career
Harris was born in White Plains, New York in 1953 and graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in 1971. He attended from Rochester Institute of Technology, earning an associate's degree in applied sciences in 1974 and a B.S. degree in photographic science and instrumentation in 1975. Harris then went to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. 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.
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.
Harris was named president of the Space Systems-Missiles & Space Operations division of Lockheed Martin in 2001.
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- ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
- ^ McGrain, Vienna. "Alumnus Jeffrey Harris named chair of RIT Board of Trustees". RIT. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
- ^ 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
- ^ "National Reconnaissance Office: Jeffrey K. Harris official biography" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
- ^ Weiner, Tim (February 27, 1996) Spy Satellite Agency Heads Are Ousted For Lost Money. The New York Times
- ^ Staff report (March 8, 2001). New Chief for Missiles & Space. San Jose Mercury News
- 1953 births
- Living people
- People from White Plains, New York
- Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School alumni
- Rochester Institute of Technology alumni
- Analysts of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Clinton administration personnel
- Directors of the National Reconnaissance Office
- Recipients of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
- 20th-century American businesspeople
- American business biography, 1950s birth stubs