Secretary of Defense William Perry and Director of Central Intelligence John
Deutch today announced that they have asked two senior managers of the National
Reconnaissance Office to step down.
NRO Director Jeffrey K. Harris and Deputy Director Jimmie D. Hill will be
assigned to new positions in the Intelligence Community. Keith Hall, currently
serving as Executive Director of Intelligence Community Affairs, has been named
Deputy Director of the NRO and will serve as the Acting Director in the absence
of a Director. The Director of the NRO also serves as the Assistant Secretary
of the Air Force for Space, a position that requires a Presidential nomination
and Senate confirmation.
In a joint statement Secretary Perry and DCI Deutch said, "This action is
dictated by our belief that NRO's management practices must be improved and the
credibility of this excellent organization be restored. We have the greatest
respect for Jeff Harris' and Jimmie Hill's dedication and devotion to this
nation's satellite programs and we know they can contribute to the Intelligence
Community in new positions. We came to these decisions after considerable
thought and deliberation and we are convinced it is time to make these changes
and move forward."