[Congressional Record: June 26, 2009 (Extensions)]
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                          HON. SILVESTRE REYES

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, June 26, 2009

  Mr. REYES. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a man of 
great integrity, intelligence and insight, Mr. Scott F. Large, on the 
occasion of his retirement after 23 years of distinguished service to 
the Intelligence Community.
  I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Large throughout his 
tenure as the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office. When he 
assumed this role in 2007, the organization was undertaking significant 
transformation that he helped initiate in earlier leadership roles. He 
carefully guided changes to strengthen his organization's role as the 
nation's primary source of space reconnaissance for military and 
intelligence forces.
  Mr. Large's prior assignments prepared him well for this leadership 
role. He served as the Principal Deputy Director of the National 
Reconnaissance Office from April, 2007 until his appointment as 
Director later that year. He also served as Director of the Imagery 
Systems Operations and Acquisition Directorate from 2003 to 2006, 
during a period of significant technological and programmatic 
  Mr. Large has carried out leadership assignments in two other 
intelligence community organizations. He was Director of the Source 
Operations and Management Directorate at the National Geospatial-
Intelligence Agency. He also served in the Central Intelligence 
Agency's Directorate of Operations and as Associate Director of the 
Science and Technology directorate, leading technology development 
programs. Mr. Large made fundamental contributions to these programs 
and helped establish them as some of the nation's premier intelligence 
  Mr. Large's determination to lead fundamental changes in his 
organization, his willingness to assume leadership roles in other 
intelligence organizations, and his ability to facilitate collaborative 
partnerships with other elements of the Intelligence Community are 
testament to the quality of his leadership.
  In announcing that he was stepping down as Director of the National 
Reconnaissance Office, Mr. Large reminded his workforce of the critical 
role of space reconnaissance to the nation: For nearly 50 years the NRO 
has provided this nation with an undeniable intelligence and 
operational advantage. Today the NRO continues to provide mission 
critical information to all of our end users. We are clearly on the 
verge of taking our mission to the next level and have set in motion 
strategic initiatives which will clearly demonstrate the importance of 
what you do.
  The nation's space reconnaissance workforce and systems are better 
positioned to contribute to the nation's defenses as a result of the 
leadership of this public servant. For this, we thank Mr. Large and 
wish him continued success in all of his future endeavors.