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Robert Cardillo to Join NGA as Director in October; Letitia ‘Tish’ Long to Retire

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Robert Cardillo
Robert Cardillo
Robert Cardillo

Robert Cardillo, deputy director of national intelligence for intelligence integration for nearly four years, will join the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as director and succeed Letitia “Tish” Long, who will retire from government after a 35-year career.

The Defense Department said Monday that the transition will become formal in October, two months after Long completes her fourth year as head of NGA.

Cardillo is also a former deputy director at the Defense Intelligence Agency, deputy director for analysis at DIA and also has served as director of analysis and production at NGA.

In his current role, he is responsible for facilitating information sharing throughout the intelligence community through the integration of collection and analysis work.

“I look forward to teaming with the talented men and women of NGA as we continue to improve our analytic service to NGA’s wide-range of military and civilian customers,” Cardillo said.

NGA has worked to help develop the intelligence community desktop environment in an effort to link tools and operating systems of users across the intelligence enterprise and help facilitate collaboration for decision makers.

Through that initiative, the agency aims to help analysts interact with data in virtual, three-dimensional and cloud-based environments and share information with each other.

Letitia "Tish" Long
Letitia “Tish” Long

Long joined NGA in August 2010 and holds the distinction of being first woman to ever lead a major U.S. intelligence agency.

During her tenure at NGA, she led efforts to establish its first “Map of the World” in order to give intelligence users an integrated view of collection assets throughout the intelligence community.

NGA also became the first agency to adopt open-source software development in order to make its software available to first responders for collaboration during and after natural disasters.

“Being entrusted with leading the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime,” Long told NGA’s workforce in a message released by the Pentagon.

Long’s government career includes service as deputy director at DIA between 2006 and 2010 and the four years prior to that as deputy defense undersecretary for intelligence.

She was the first person to hold the chief information officer role at DIA, a position she served in during a four-year stint there between 1994 and 1998.

Long is also a former deputy director of Naval Intelligence and executive director for ODNI’s predecessor organization — Intelligence Community Affairs.

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