Mr. Ralph S. Haller became the National Reconnaissance Office’s (NRO) third Principal Deputy Director on 15 January 2008. The Director of National Intelligence appointed him to that position with the concurrence of the Deputy Secretary of Defense. As the NRO’s Principal Deputy Director, he also serves as the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence Space Technology). Mr. Haller began his career in 1968 with a commission in the U.S. Air Force, after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Photographic Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. As his initial assignment, he attended the University of Arizona, receiving a Master’s degree in Optical Science. Subsequent assignments included Patrick Air Force Base supporting Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) programs, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base analyzing Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) data.