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NGA Director Letitia Long will launch 2013-14 Science and Technology Leaders Series on Nov. 5

Leticia Long

Letitia Long

Letitia Long, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), will be the first speaker for the 2013-14 Science and Technology Leaders Series sponsored by the office of the vice president in the National Capital Region.

A Virginia Tech alumna, Long will present “Turning NGA’s Challenges Into Transformational Opportunities,” on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington. Long will discuss the challenges and opportunities of leadership in the intelligence community, including delivering timely, relevant, accurate, actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT); making GEOINT accessible online, on-demand to customers; supporting mission partners, especially the warfighter; and acting as the driver toward a new dimension of intelligence.

The presentation will be linked to Blacksburg via video conference in ICTAS 310.

Long was appointed director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in August of 2010. A long-time and well-respected intelligence executive, she previously served as deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from May 2006 to July 2010; deputy undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (Policy, Requirements, and Resources) from June 2003 to May 2006; deputy director of Naval Intelligence from July 2000 to June 2003; and as the Central Intelligence Agency executive director for Intelligence Community Affairs from January 1998 to June 2000.

Long earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Catholic University of America. Among her numerous awards and decorations, Long received the Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association in 2011.

“The Science and Technology Leaders Series features high-level science and technology and policy leaders from industry, government, or academia and provides unique opportunities for Virginia Tech faculty and researchers to gain perspectives on science and technology advances and future challenges in key areas of interest in the region,” said Sanjay Raman, associate vice president for the National Capital Region. Raman said it is anticipated that three or four of these events will be held in the coming year.

“We are very excited to have Director Long join us as the inaugural speaker in this year’s Science and Technology Leaders Series to share her perspectives on challenges in delivering and analyzing geospatial intelligence, a critical source of information for national security decision makers and our warfighters,” Raman said. “She is among a growing group of women who have risen to the highest levels of their agencies in the national security community and she is a Hokie!”

A reception will follow Long’s presentation. Seating for this event at the research center is limited.

Please RSVP by November 1.

Posted October 9, 2013