Va. — U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall has been
selected to serve as director of operations at the National Geospatial-Intelligence
Agency, responsible for NGA’s worldwide operational support and the execution
of the agency’s mission across the intelligence community and Department of
will transition to NGA from her position as the assistant deputy chief of
staff, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, at the Pentagon.
eager to add UV [Urrutia-Varhall] to NGA’s leadership team,” said NGA Director
Robert Cardillo in a message to the workforce. “I have worked with UV before
and know she brings remarkable skill and experience to this important position.
She knows the intelligence community and intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance operations from the flight line to the Pentagon.”
in her career, she served at key intelligence positions to include the director
of intelligence at U.S. Southern Command, the senior executive officer to
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and earlier, as Director
Clapper’s senior military assistant when he served as the undersecretary of
defense, intelligence. She also served in Air Force command and staff positions
in Korea and Europe.
Urrutia-Varhall graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s of
science degree in civil engineering and was a distinguished graduate from the
Defense Intelligence College. She also spent a year as a defense fellow at