Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Letitia become the first woman major of US Intelligence Agency

Letitia A. Long became the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency in the Department of Defense when she took over the directorship of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at a ceremony at the agency's half-built, high-tech campus in Springfield, Va.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency was founded in 1996 as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, bringing together work by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office, among others. It was renamed in 2003. The NGA is responsible for collecting and analyzing information from satellite imagery and works with the Pentagon and other departments on defense issues, homeland security, and navigation safety.

Letitia A. Long (right) is applauded by Vice Adm. Robert Murrett as she takes over as director of the National Geospatial-Inteligence Agency.

Long was sworn in at the GeoSpatial agency's planned new headquarters, a half-built high-tech campus in Springfield Va. The current headquarters is a huge, nondescript building, with few windows, in Bethesda, Md.

Some employees are already using the campus a technology center is in operation but most of the workforce will begin relocating in January. The site offers parking for about 5,000 and the agency is trying to assist with carpools. Additionally, the organization plans to operate shuttles to public transit. The facility will help the agency accelerate its work, and Letitia promised NGA will continue its close collaboration with the rest of the defense and intelligence community.