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Report: Betty Sapp Named First Woman to Head NRO

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The National Reconnaissance Office is set to be led by a woman for the first time in the organization’s history, AOL Defense reports.

NRO Principal Deputy Director Betty Sapp is set to assume the agency’s top post, currently held by Bruce Carlson, according to an email sent out by Sapp late Friday obtained by AOL.

Sapp told her colleagues that Carlson leaves the NRO with a record of success acquisition, operations and launches.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Sue Mashiko will remain in her spot as deputy director, where Sapp says she will help maintain Carlson’s acquisition track record, according to AOL.

Keith Masback, president of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, said Sapp is trusted by senior leaders at the Defense Department, the intelligence community and Capitol Hill.

Sapp will be the second woman to lead a major intelligence agency, as National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Tish Long was the first.

The intelligence community is seeing additional leadership changes.

Damon Wells, assistant director for space and aeronautics at the White House office of science and technology, will join the NRO as director of the office of policy and strategy, according to AOL.

Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn was also recently named to head the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Defense Department reportedly plans to reorganize its intelligence missions and efforts.

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