About the NRO
The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites. The NRO is part of the Department of Defense. The Director of the NRO is appointed by the Secretary of Defense with the consent of the Director of National Intelligence, without confirmation from Congress.
The NRO's roughly 3000 employees are found in a four-building complex on 68 acres, five miles south of Dulles International Airport. The NRO complex was completed in 1994. The NRO was established in 1960, but its existence was classified until 1992. The location of the headquarters was declassified in 1994, after construction had nearly been completed, under the false name of a private company.
Chantilly is located in the Sully District of Fairfax County between Dulles Airport and I-66 straddling Rt. 50. This area was largely rural as late as 1979 but by 1990 much of the areas had been developed. Chantilly is a good place to live the suburban lifestyle in a house or townhouse. [Read More about Chantilly]
Centreville located at the intersections of I-66, Rt. 29 and Rt. 28 not far from the NRO. Centreville was not much more than a signpost and gas station as late as 1985, but today Centreville is one of the most vibrant and active suburban communities of Northern VA. [read more about Centreville]
Manassas is located in Prince William County which means it's located a little further from the city than other communities near the NRO. Homes here are a little larger for the money than in Fairfax County, but the commute can be a little tougher. [Read more about Manassas]
Properties in Prince William North
Fair Oaks / Fair Lakes is closer to town but just down Rt. 50 from the NRO. Homes here will be more expensive than at the previously listed options, but if you have a spouse who works in the city or if you prefer a more city-like lifestyle you might prefer this area to the quieter neighborhoods of Centreville and Chantilly. [Read more about Fair Oaks]