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Joseph V. Charyk
First Director of the National Reconnaissance Office

In office
September 6, 1961[1] – March 1, 1963
President John F. Kennedy
Succeeded by Brockway McMillan
Personal details
Born September 9, 1920(1920-09-09) (age 101)
Canmore, Alberta[2]
Residence Delray Beach, Florida
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
Occupation government official, space scientist

Joseph Vincent Charyk (born September 9, 1920) was the first Director of the National Reconnaissance Office.

Charyk consolidated the CIA, Air force, and Navy space programs into the NRO. He brought the first United States imagery satellite, CORONA, into operation and demonstrated signals intelligence technology from space. During his tenure, the NRO operated the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and managed development of the A-12.[3]

In 1974, he received the Emmy Directorate Award for his work with COMSAT.[4]


  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: Joseph V. Charyk official biography

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Government offices
Preceded by
Dudley C. Sharp
United States Under Secretary of the Air Force
January 28, 1960 – March 1, 1963
Succeeded by
Brockway McMillan

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