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National Reconnaissance Office Chantilly Relocation Information


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Welcome to NRO Chantilly

Official site: National Reconnaissance Office

14675 Lee Road Chantilly, VA 20151



The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) designs, builds, and operates the nation's surveillance satellites. NRO products are being provided to an expanding list of customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), warning of potential trouble spots in the world, helping plan military operations, and monitoring the environment.


Here’s what the day-to-day work looks like at NRO Chantilly: 


  • Monitor the production of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Track international terrorists, drug traffickers, and criminal organizations.
  • Develop military targeting data and bomb damage assessments.
  • Support international relations and humanitarian relief operations.
  • Assess the impact of natural disasters.

Fun fact: The NRO’s work inspires technology we use every day, like medical imaging, global communications, high-def TV, cell phones, GPS, and more.

field and sunset near NRO Chantilly

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NRO Chantilly is located in Chantilly, Virginia. Bristow, Manassas, and Centreville, VA, lie a few miles south of the facility, while South Riding, Reston, and Washington Dulles International Airport are to the north. Haymarket, VA, is to the west, and Fairfax, VA, lies to the east.


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Frequently Asked Questions About NRO Chantilly


NRO Chantilly 1049F Constellation on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

January 10th, 2023: 80 years ago today, the first Lockheed Constellation prototype made its first flight. A 1049F Constellation is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center:

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1. What is NRO Chantilly known for? 


NRO Chantilly is responsible for protecting security in the United States. It operates and maintains surveillance systems that provide intelligence for enhancing National Security. 

The NRO also maintains ground stations at: 


  • Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado
  • Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
  • Joint Defense Facility Pine Gap, Australia
  • The Royal Air Force Base Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom

NRO spacecraft launch offices are at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


2. How many people work at NRO Chantilly?


NRO Chantilly employs approximately 3,000 personnel, including military members, DOD civilians, intelligence community officers, and contractors.  


3. What is the zip code for NRO Chantilly? 


The zip code for NRO Chantilly is 20151. 


4. What is the BAH for NRO Chantilly? 


The BAH for NRO Chantilly ranges from $2,811 for E-1 to $3,882 for E-9 with dependents and $2,943  for O-1 to $4,293 for O-7 with dependents. See housing section for more info.

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Arrival Lodging

There is no arrival lodging available at NRO Chantilly. Incoming military members and their families will find accommodations at nearby military installations or local hotels at Dulles Airport and Chantilly, Virginia. 

NRO Chantilly Housing


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There is no on-base housing offered for military families at NRO Chantilly. Those seeking military housing can contact the housing offices at nearby military installations. 

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NRO Chantilly BAH Information

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S.-based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.

NRO Chantilly is near Chantilly, VA,  with many options to buy or rent. The NRO Chantilly BAH is close to the cost of living in the area. Some sample NRO Chantilly BAH rates for zip code 20151: 

  • E-1 with dependents: $2,811
  • E-1 without dependents: $2,169
  • E-9 with dependents: $3,882
  • E-9 without dependents: $3,120
  • O-1 with dependents: $2,943
  • O-1 without dependents: $2,736
  • O-7 with dependents: $4,293
  • O-7 without dependents: $3,864

Support for Military & Families

NRO Chantilly area schools in Fairfax VA

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School District: 

If you’re looking for a private school education for your children, Private School Review is a great tool to help you find the right fit for you and your family. Families interested in homeschooling should follow the Virginia Department of Education homeschool regulations. 


Military Family Support: 

Things to Do Near NRO Chantilly


historic site near NRO_Chantilly VA

Photo from Fairfax County Park Authority Facebook


The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy CenterA second location to the National Air and Space Museum, here you’ll find thousands of aviation and space artifacts. Among them are the Space Shuttle “Discovery,” a Blackbird SR-71, a Concorde, and more. Admission is free, and it’s open every day except Christmas. 


US Arts Center: The US Arts Center offers classes for students in painting, designing, handcrafting, clay modeling, art appreciation, and more. It's a fantastic opportunity for those seeking a creative outlet.   


My Gym Chantilly: My Gym is a children’s gymnasium offering fun physical activity for kids ages four months to ten years old. Reach out for a potential one-time membership fee for military families. 


Sully Historic SiteBuilt in 1794, the plantation is on the National Register for Historic Places and was home to Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress. The site is open to visitors and features events, classes, and camps.


Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: This 650-acre park in western Fairfax County includes forests, streams, meadows, and a pond. Guests learn about the natural and cultural history of the park, view live reptiles and amphibians, and enjoy hands-on activities in the visitor center. Go beyond the center and find pollinator gardens, a historic kitchen garden, and historic structures.


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Base Address:

14675 Lee Road
Chantilly , 20151-1715