Robert J. Hermann

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Robert J. Hermann
8th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
In office
October 8, 1979[1] – August 2, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded byHans Mark
Succeeded byEdward Aldridge Jr.
Personal details
Born (1933-04-06) April 6, 1933 (age 90)
Sheldahl, Iowa
EducationIowa State University (B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Sc.)

Robert Jay Hermann (born April 6, 1933)[2] was the eighth Director of the National Reconnaissance Office.

Hermann was the major architect of the National Security Agency's expanded role in space reconnaissance. In addition, he advocated broadening the NRO's support to tactical military customers. Hermann was also responsible for establishing the Defense Reconnaissance Support Program.[3]

In 1989, Hermann was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for conceiving and guiding applications of space technologies to national security.


  1. ^ 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. ^ National Reconnaissance Office: Robert J. Hermann official biography

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