"For us to be secure as a nation, we're going
to need better eyes, ears, warning and rapid ability to respond
to crisis," Peter B. Teets, undersecretary of the Air Force
and director of the National Reconnaissance Office, told reporters
at a media roundtable conference at NRO headquarters here.
"Clearly, space is the high ground, and we
need to capture that high ground and exploit it," he said.
One of the undersecretary's focus items involves
pursuing innovative capabilities for national intelligence and
"I would characterize this as being focused
on breakthrough technologies that will allow us to collect our
adversaries' secrets without their knowing," Teets said.
The president's 2004 budget includes funding requests
for many national security space projects, including the space-based
radar. According to Teets, the SBR embraces both military and
"It's going to take significant (resources)
to field the SBR we have in mind," he said.