Martin C. Faga

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Martin C. Faga
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10th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
In office
September 28, 1989[1] – March 5, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded byEdward C. Aldridge Jr.
Succeeded byJeffrey K. Harris
Personal details
Born (1941-07-11) July 11, 1941 (age 80)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Martin Clark Faga[2] (born June 11, 1941)[3] was the tenth Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (DNRO).

Faga directed the declassification of the existence of the NRO following more than 30-years of secrecy. He revolutionized NRO support to the military, downgraded NRO products' classification, and appointed a deputy director for military support. Faga initiated the transition from separate Central Intelligence Agency, Air Force, and Navy programs into functional directorates of signals, imagery, and communications.[4]

Born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Faga graduated from Liberty High School in June 1959. He then attended Lehigh University, graduating with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in June 1963 and then earning an M.S. degree in electrical engineering in October 1964.[2]

Faga concurrently served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space from 1989 to 1993,[4] having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 22, 1989.[5]


  1. ^ Laurie, Clayton. Leaders of the National Reconnaissance Office 1961-2001. Office of the Historian, National Reconnaissance Office. 1 May 2002.
  2. ^ a b "Nominations Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, First Session, 101st Congress: Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate". Vol. 101, no. 537. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1990. p. 606.
  3. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  4. ^ a b National Reconnaissance Office: Martin C. Faga official biography Archived 2009-08-13 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "PN509 — Martin C. Faga — Department of Defense — 101st Congress (1989-1990)". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 2021-10-27.

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