The beginning of April marks the end of National Women’s History Month. Letitia A. “Tish” Long, deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, celebrated the contributions by women to the intelligence field.
The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month was to recognize the diverse accomplishments of women throughout history. This could mean fields from aviation or painting all the way to intelligence.
During an interview with the Pentagon Channel Long said, “I am certainly aware of all the women who have come before me, all of the women who have accomplished truly remarkable things and have blazed the path.”
While other nations have a longer history of women at high levels in the intelligence community, the U.S. lags behind. In the UK, the British domestic security service, MI-5, has had several female directors. When Long takes office this summer she will become the first women to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency. She is blazing a trail for other women.