Dennis D. Fitzgerald
1943 - 2008
Mr. Dennis D. Fitzgerald served as the Principal Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from July 2006 to April 2007. He previously served as the Deputy Director, NRO from August 2001 to July 2006. Mr. Fitzgerald also served as the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence Space Technology) and the Director of the Office of Development and Engineering (OD&E), Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Mr. Fitzgerald was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned his B.S. in physics from Fairfield University in 1964 and went on to earn four master’s degrees in applied physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, and space technology from Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Fitzgerald began his professional career as a field engineer working on the Polaris and Poseidon missile program for Sperry Gyroscope in 1964 and later for Vitro Laboratories in 1966. In January 1974, Mr. Fitzgerald joined the CIA and subsequently spent the majority of his career in DS&T/OD&E with duty in the NRO. During his service in OD&E, Mr. Fitzgerald held a variety of key positions at the NRO, including Deputy Director, Technology Application Group; Deputy Director for Systems Collection; Director of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Program Group; and Director, SIGINT Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate. He served as Acting Director, NRO from 28 March to 1 August 2005. Outside of OD&E, Mr. Fitzgerald served as the Associate Director of the National Photographic Interpretation Center, the Deputy Director of the DS&T’s Office of Research & Development and the Associate Deputy Director for Science and Technology.
Mr. Fitzgerald held certificates as a Professional Engineer in New York and Virginia and, unknown to many, Dennis Fitzgerald was a licensed Master Electrician in Virginia. After retirement from government service, he created and taught Spacecraft Design at NRO University, was a consultant to the DNRO and several corporations, and served as one of the board members for System High Corporation. Furthermore, Mr. Fitzgerald was an avid runner and completed ten marathons in his lifetime. He is survived by his son, Mr. David Fitzgerald of Bel Air, Maryland, his daughter, Mrs. Erin Vires of Manassas, Virginia, and his wife, Mrs. Deborah Fitzgerald of Reston, Virginia.