A Conversation with Letitia A. Long
April 2, 2012
Ms. Letitia A. Long was appointed Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on August 9, 2010.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Long served as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from May 2006 until July 2010. Previously, she was the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (Policy, Requirements, and Resources) from June 2003 until May 2006. She also served as the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence from July 2000 to June 2003 and as the Director of Central Intelligence’s Executive Director for Intelligence Community Affairs from January 1998 to June 2000, where she was responsible for community-wide policy formulation, resource planning, and program assessment and evaluation.
Ms. Long entered civilian federal service with the U.S. Navy in 1978 as a Project Engineer in training with the David Taylor Research Center. Upon completion of her degree in 1982, she continued with the David Taylor Research Center for six years, working on various submarine acoustic sensor programs. In 1988, Ms. Long joined the Office of the Director of Naval Intelligence where she managed Intelligence Research and Development programs.
Ms. Long was selected into the Senior Intelligence Executive Service in July 1994 and was dual-hatted as the Director, Requirements, Plans, Policy, and Programs Office for the Navy intelligence staff, as well as the Director of Resource Management for the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Long was on rotational assignment from ONI to the DIA as the Director of Military Intelligence Staff. In 1996, Ms. Long joined DIA as the Deputy Director for Information Systems and Services where she directed DIA’s worldwide information technology and communications programs. Ms. Long was also DIA’s first Chief Information Officer.
Ms. Long earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America. She is the recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (two awards), the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (two awards) and the Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award (two awards). In 2011 Ms. Long received the Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, was decorated with the Medal of Merit by the King of Norway, and was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France.