The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is developing faster, cheaper ways to process the millions of pieces of signals, communications and imagery it gathers; but despite recent advances in data fusion, progress is still about “five orders of magnitude below what it needs to be,” says the agency's chief. That need for improvement is expected to ensure that the NRO is one of the agencies that will be victimized least by defense budget cuts. With the growing demand for additional ...

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