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Profile: Letitia Long, NGA Director

Letitia Long

Letitia Long is director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a position she has held since August 2010.

Long became the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency when she joined the NGA. She has served in the Senior Intelligence Executive Service since 1994, when she was appointed director of requirements, plans, policy and programs office for the Navy intelligence staff. She was also given the title of resource management director for the Office of Naval Intelligence.

Prior to joining the NGA, Long served as the Defense Intelligence Agency‘s deputy director from 2006 to 2010. She previously was defense deputy undersecretary for intelligence from 2003 to 2010 and deputy director for Naval Intelligence from 2000 to 2003.

From 1998 to 2000, Long was the director of the CIA‘s executive director for intelligence community affairs. In this position, she was responsible for community-wide policy formulation, resource planning, and program assessment and evaluation.

From 1994 to 1996, Long served as director of military intelligence staff while on rotational assignment from Naval Intelligence to the DIA. She joined the DIA in 1996 as deputy director for information systems, where she directed the agency’s worldwide information technology and communications programs. She also was the DIA’s first chief information officer.

Long is a recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive and the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Long has received two awards each of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award.

In 2011, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association recognized Long with the Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service.

She has also received the Medal of Merit from the king of Norway and holds the rank of Chevalier in France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor.

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