He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. In 1978, he transferred from the National Photographic Intelligence Center to The Office of Development and Engineering. Mr. Harris managed the integration of NRO programs into three functional directorates.
He was a major proponent and architect of consolidating signals intelligence systems in a new partnership with the National Security Agency. Mr. Harris directed the CORONA program declassification and established a public affairs program. Harris and deputy director Jimmie D. Hill were dismissed in 1996 after losing track of more than $2 billion in classified money.
Harris was replaced by Keith Hall. Harris was named President of the Space Systems-Missiles & Space Operations division of Lockheed Martin in 2001.