A native of Buffalo, NY, Scott F. Large has served as director of the National Reconnaissance Office and assistant to the secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence Space Technology) since October 2007. Large received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1979 from the University of Central Florida, majoring in electro-optics and semiconductor devices.
Before joining the government, he spent seven years in industry, during which time he was granted three patents in fiber optics technology. In 1986, Large joined the Central Intelligence Agency as a project management engineer in the Office of Development and Engineering developing advanced spacecraft payloads at the NRO. He held various senior development and systems engineering positions within the NRO’s Imagery Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate through 1996. Also during this time, he served one year as the executive assistant to the director of the NRO. In 1997, he became deputy director of the Future Imagery Architecture Program.
In 1998, Large was appointed the deputy chief for programs within the CIA Directorate of Operations’ Technology Management Office. In this position, he helped administer a joint national program while assisting in the development of the program's strategic plan and program management process. In 2000, he was selected as director of the Clandestine Signals Intelligence Operations Group in the Office of Technical Collection within the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology. While there, he led the development and execution of critical collection operations for the Intelligence Community. In September 2000, he became the deputy director of the Office of Technical Collection.
Large’s last CIA assignment began in September 2001 as the associate deputy director for science and technology. He returned to the NRO in July 2003 to serve as director of the Imagery Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate until November 2006. Large then moved to director of the Source Operations and Management Directorate at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), where he served until April 2007 when he returned to the NRO to assume the position of NRO Principal Deputy Director, before moving up to NRO Director in October.