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Robert Cardillo, Director

Robert Cardillo is the sixth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Mr. Cardillo leads and directs NGA under the authorities of the Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence. He became NGA’s director on Oct. 3, 2014.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Cardillo served as the first Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, from 2010 to 2014. In addition, he served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Deputy Director for Analysis, DIA, from 2006 to 2010. In the summer of 2009, Mr. Cardillo served as the Acting J2, a first for a civilian, in support of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Before he moved to DIA, Mr. Cardillo led Analysis and Production as well as Source Operations and Management at NGA from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Cardillo’s leadership assignments at NGA also included Congressional Affairs, Public Affairs, and Corporate Relations. Read More »


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Justin 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. Read More »

Ed Mornston, Executive Director

Mr. Ed Mornston serves as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Executive Director. In this role, he is a member of NGA’s executive leadership team and its third ranking officer responsible for daily agency operations. Mr. Mornston oversees the Agency's executive support staff, administrative services, logistics, personnel security, human resources, employee training and development, corporate communications, and congressional engagement.
Previously, Mr. Mornston was the Director of the Human Development Directorate, where he managed the Agency's workforce planning, talent management, human relations operations, training and education, and leader development activities.  Additionally, he was the chair of the Human Capital Management Board and the head of the Human Capital Career Service.

​Mr. Mornston also served as Director, NGA-Denver, at the Aerospace Data Facility – Colorado. This multi-agency intelligence operations center brings together mission partners from across the US Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, and our allies, to produce integrated outcomes for a wide variety of customers. Read More »

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Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall, Associate Director for Operations

Maj Gen Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall is the Associate Director for Operations at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Virginia.

General Urrutia-Varhall was commissioned in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Following her initial assignments at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., she was selected to participate in the Professional Military Graduate Intelligence Program in Washington, D.C. After completion, she was the first Air Force representative to the National Military Intelligence Center. Her service at the Pentagon included executive support duty to three Secretaries of Defense and as an international politico-military affairs officer on the Somalia Task Force. Read More »

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Ellen Ardrey, Associate Director for Support 

Ms. Ellen M. Ardrey is the Associate Director for Support (ADS) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), synchronizing and managing NGA Human Resources, training and education, career services, leader development, protective services, security, counterintelligence, insider threat, classification management, information and records management, and facilities and installation management activities to ensure mission success and alignment with the NGA Strategy.  She is also responsible for the planning and programming of NGA’s business services missions to ensure agile, efficient, and effective operations in support of the core mission areas of NGA, NSG, and ASG. Read More »




Dustin Gard-Weiss, Associate Director for Enterprise

Dustin Gard-Weiss is the Associate Director for Enterprise at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He is charged with executing GEOINT Functional Management on behalf of Director, NGA, as the GEOINT Functional Manager and DoD GEOINT Manager, and is responsible for leading and overseeing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) and the Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG). Read More »




Anthony Vinci, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer

Anthony Vinci, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He is an executive, technology entrepreneur and intelligence officer focused on developing new technologies and approaches to solve emerging, global challenges.

Dr. Vinci is the founder and former CEO of Findyr, a revolutionary
technology company which crowdsources data collection from users in over 100 countries. Previously, he was on the executive management team at a company which specialized in machine learning for remote sensing, technology advisor to a private equity firm, and a management consultant at a global consulting firm serving commercial businesses and government entities focused on implementing change. Read More »




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