|Poole is the seventh Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As deputy director of NGA, he assists the director in leading the agency and managing the day to day operations of NGA and the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence. He became the deputy director on Aug. 10, 2017, after more than 26 years of service with NGA and its predecessor organizations.
Mr. Poole previously served concurrently as NGA’s Content Portfolio Manager and the Director of Source, responsible for creating, collecting, and brokering authoritative GEOINT content and services to support national security priorities.
Justin began his career as a cartographer and geospatial analyst with the Defense Mapping Agency, one of NGA’s predecessor organizations, in 1991. He held several tradecraft and system architecture developmental positions before moving into analytic and technical management positions.
Mr. Poole joined the Senior Executive Service in 2002 and has successively served as the Deputy Director for Mission Management, National Counterterrorism Center, his first Joint Duty Assignment (JDA); Deputy Program Manager for the NSG, NGA; Associate Deputy Director of IMINT, National Reconnaissance Office, his second JDA; and Director, Xperience Directorate, NGA.
Mr. Poole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geography (cartography) from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the Senior Managers Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a recipient of numerous awards and citations including the Meritorious Presidential Rank award, Superior Civilian Service Medal and NGA’s Challenger Award.