Pete Muend, head of the National Reconnaissance Office’s (NRO) commercial space office, made an announcement at the GEOINT Symposium, marking a  significant and strategic shift in the way the NRO plans to procure Earth observation data. By implementing a flexible contracting vehicle, open to all types of imagery. 

The NRO is adapting to the rapidly evolving landscape of commercial satellite imagery. This shift is beneficial as it enhances capabilities by utilizing the latest technologies, fosters innovation through competitive and open-ended contracts, and increases agility in responding to new tech developments. Additionally, it supports economic growth within the commercial space sector and strengthens national security by diversifying technology sources. This approach not only meets the immediate needs of national defence but also stimulates the technological and economic growth of the domestic satellite industry.