Bill B. Nead, a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader, is the Chief Scientist for the Signals Intelligence Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va. The NRO develops and operates unique and innovative space reconnaissance systems and conducts related activities essential for U. S. national security. The SIGINT Directorate provides full life-cycle acquisition and operations support for all overhead SIGINT systems.
Mr. Nead is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. Following his graduation from high school in 1969, he entered the Army and trained as a cryptanalyst. He served a tour in South Korea studying Korean and Vietnamese systems, and with the National Security Agency studying Soviet systems. In 1979, Mr. Nead left the service and entered private industry with TRW, providing software engineering support for two national intelligence programs. He later worked for HRB Singer, now part of Raytheon, where he provided software and system engineering support to the Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Center for Space Technology. In this position he researched new technologies, architectures, and algorithms and their application to a national intelligence system. In 1991, Mr. Nead returned to government service as computer scientist at the NRL and was then detailed to the National Reconnaissance Office to provide scientific and engineering support. He was appointed to his current position in March 2006.
Mr. Nead has written classified papers in response to congressionally directed actions and questions for the record. In addition, he has produced a number of classified documents and briefings that have been used within the intelligence community from the acquisition program office level to agency levels, including the NRO, National Security Agency, Department of Defense Joint Requirements Oversight Council, and Foreign Denial and Deception Committee.
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, University of Maryland, College Park
1. 1969 - 1971, student, U.S. Army Security Agency Training School, Fort Devens, Mass.
2. 1971 - 1972, cryptanalyst, U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station, South Korea
3. 1972 - 1979, cryptanalyst, U.S. Army Security Agency Support Group, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
4. 1979 - 1984, software engineer, TRW, Alexandria, Va.
5. 1984 - 1991, systems and software engineer, HRB Singer (Raytheon), Linthicum, Md.
6. 1991 - 1995, computer scientist, Research and Development, Low Earth Orbit Special Projects Office, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.
7. 1995 - 2002, Technical Director, System Engineering, Low Earth Orbit SPO, NRL, Washington, D.C.
8. 1998 - 2002, Chief Scientist, Low Earth Orbit SPO, NRL, Washington, D.C.
9. 2002 - 2006, Chief Scientist, SIGINT System Engineering and Technology Office, NRL, Washington, D.C.
10. 2006 - present, Chief Scientist, SIGINT Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Army Commendation Medal
1992 - 1998 Outstanding Performance, NRL
1993 Letter of Appreciation, Assistant Commander for Space Technology
1994 Letter of Appreciation, Assistance Secretary of the Air Force for Space
1995 Letter for excellent performance, Assistant Commander for Space Technology
1999 On-the-Spot Award, NRL
1999 - 2004 Contribution Award, NRL
2000 Commendation Letter, Director, SIGINT Systems Acquisition and Operations, NRO
2000, 2001 and 2003 Director's Team Award, NRO
2000, 2002 - 2005 Special Act Award, NRL
2000 and 2005 Director's Circle Award, NRO
2001 Certificate of Appreciation, Director of Low Orbiting System Program Office and Director of Office of Space Launch, NRL
2002 Commendation Letter, Mission Requirements Board, Community Management Staff
2003 Innovation and Achievement Award, NRO
2003 Sentinel Award, NRO
2004 Foreign Denial and Deception Committee Award, Director of Central Intelligence
2004 and 2005 Certificate of Recognition, SIGINT Directorate, NRO
2009 Letter of Appreciation from the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Science and Technology
2010 Letter of Appreciation from the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition and Technology / Director of Science and Technology
(Current as of January 2010)