The National Reconnaissance Office has appointed Brig. Gen. Mark A. Baird as its new deputy director, according to a June 25 agency tweet.

As deputy director, Baird will assist the director and principal deputy director in managing strategic and tactical operations. Baird will also serve as the commander, Air Force Element, where he will manage Air Force personnel at NRO and act as senior adviser to the director on military matters.

NRO operates intelligence satellites that support the Department of Defense and other members of the Intelligence Community. It was created in 1961 and declassified to the public in 1992.

Prior to his position at NRO, Baird served as director of space programs at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and vice commander at the Space and Missile Systems Center at the Los Angeles Air Force Base. In those positions Baird worked on space technology and acquisition.