Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work for a US intelligence agency? How do the “Big 5” work together to advance national security? Listen to NYU alumnus Robert McDonald (WSC ’64, Steinhardt ’72), Director of the Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance, as he discusses the origins of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and its early photoreconnaissance satellite projects during the Cold War.
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Dr. Robert A. McDonald (WSC '64, Steinhardt '72) is director of The Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance.
Previously he served as the Representative of the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to the National War College and as Professor of National Security Policy & Psychology. Dr. McDonald joined the Central Intelligence Agency through the Intelligence Community Staff where he served as Executive Secretary of the DCI Committee on Imagery Requirements and Exploitation (COMIREX), as well as Chief of the COMIREX Policy & Support Staff. Earlier, Dr. McDonald was with the Department of the Army and also served four years on active military duty as an Air Intelligence Officer. In addition to his degrees from NYU, he holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Maryland and was awarded a M.S. from the National War College.
Disclaimer: These extemporaneous remarks do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Government, and neither the speaker nor any U.S. Government agency has evaluated the context or verified the accuracy of the content.