23 Feb 2010
Yesterday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced that Letitia Long, deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will serve as the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Long will assume the NGA leadership later this year, and will be replacing Navy Vice Adm. Robert Murrett who has served as NGA director for 4 years. Check out our exclusive podcast with Adm. Murrett here.
Gates noted that Long is highly qualified for the position, which includes more than 30 years of engineering and intelligence experience. She served as deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, deputy director of naval intelligence, and as coordinator of intelligence community activities for the director of central intelligence. In addition, Long will become the first woman to lead a major intelligence agency. We have plenty of news and insights in this post, including the statement from the DNI and the email from VADM Murrett to the NGA staff.
Quote from Keith Masback, USGIF President:
Yet another great leader for NGA and the NSG. I’ve had the privilege to work with and around Tish on and off for more than 10 years. She has a unique set of experiences that have prepared her superbly for this opportunity. Moreover, Tish has a well-deserved reputation of going at every challenge with drive, passion and common sense.
Email to Staff from the Director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency VADM Robert B. Murrett:
The Secretary of Defense is announcing today that Ms. Letitia A. Long will be appointed to serve as the next Director of NGA. The Director of National Intelligence has concurred in this appointment, and all of us who have worked with Tish know that the Secretary and the DNI could not have made a better choice.
Tish Long has an exceptional record of outstanding service to the United States. She began her career as a civilian naval engineer and has over two decades of service as an intelligence officer, with a great deal of that time spent as a senior executive in intelligence organizations. She has filled critical senior management positions for the Director of Central Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. She has also served as the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence and serves now as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Her responsibilities have encompassed resources, technologies, plans, policies, and most important, agency operational activities. Her work has been recognized with numerous high-level awards, a reflection of her superb skill and effectiveness. Her career epitomizes what it means to be a Defense and Intelligence Community Officer, and it has equipped her with the perspective, understanding, and knowledge to be one of the community’s principal leaders. NGA will be well served by Tish Long’s leadership, but she will also be well served by the opportunity to lead one of the very best organizations in the United States Government.
It is most important in the months ahead, during the transition period, that we don’t lose focus on the vital mission of NGA and our work with Defense, Intelligence Community and Allied Partners. We continue to have thousands of people that depend on us every day. NGA is an extraordinary organization and the men and women who carry out our mission each day do so with a sense of dedication and service that is truly remarkable. It has been a great privilege and an honor to serve as the Director of NGA, and to work with all of you over the past years. The mission and people of this great Agency remain paramount, and they will be well looked after, now and in the future.
Statement by the Director of National Intelligence Mr. Dennis C. Blair:
Earlier today, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, with my concurrence, announced that DIA Deputy Director Letitia A. Long will be the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, effective summer 2010. Ms. Long will be the first woman to head a major intelligence agency. Ms. Long’s historic appointment reflects her 32 years of exceptional government service, including more than two decades in the Intelligence Community. She is highly respected throughout the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Her strong leadership skills and understanding of the entire intelligence enterprise will ensure that NGA can continue to deliver outstanding information to policymakers and operators in support of our national security objectives. I congratulate current NGA Director VADM Murrett for his outstanding leadership these past four years.
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