Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, will be featured as a keynote speaker for Potomac Officers Club’s 6th Annual Intel Summit on July 31st. Don’t wait to register for the summit right here.
GovCon leaders from the public and private sector will discuss the top priorities and initiatives from intelligence agencies as the emergence of innovative technologies continues to change the landscape. During the summit, our speakers, including Sharp, will address the impact technology is making on the intelligence community and the steps that are being taken to stay ahead of the curve.
Sharp became the seventh director of the NGA on Feb. 7, 2019. He succeeded four-time Wash100 Award winner Robert Cardillo after serving as the commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence and director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office from April 2016 to Feb. 2019.
In addition, he served as the assistant intelligence officer for the commander of the Naval Air Force, the intelligence operations officer with the U.S. Fleet Forces Command and director of intelligence and deputy director of the Maritime Operations Center for Commander of the U.S. Naval Force Central Command.
His operational tours include deployments with the Carrier Air Wing 2 on the USS Constellation, the USS Ranger and the Carrier Group 2 embarked on USS Harry S. Truman. He also conducted multiple deployments to Afghanistan as J2 of a Special Operations Task Force, leading joint, inter-agency intelligence professionals supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Throughout his career, Sharp received numerous awards including the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor award for excellence in instruction, the U.S. Army Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence, the Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton leadership award and the Naval Intelligence Foundation award for excellence in operational intelligence support to the fleet.
He graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in English and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in the same year. He went on to earn his master’s degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2008.
Register for POC’s Intel Summit right here. Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley of the DIA, Joshua Skule of the FBI and John Edwards of the CIA will join Sharp as keynote speakers for the event.