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NGA Director Announces Retirement June 2

NGA Director Letitia Long announced her retirement in the following message to the NGA workforce today:

Dear colleagues,

More than 35 years ago, I started my career in federal service as an engineer with the Navy.  Every day and every assignment since has been a joy and a tremendous opportunity.  In 2010, the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence entrusted me with the great responsibility to lead the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

We set a new vision for the agency and worked tirelessly to implement it, while continuing to provide the critical geospatial intelligence that our military and civilian partners have come to expect from NGA.   It is an honor and a privilege to serve with you. 

Now I want to share with you my decision to retire.  The time is right for me, my family, and for the agency.  

This morning Secretary Hagel, in coordination with DNI Clapper, announced my successor. I am so very pleased that it will be Robert Cardillo, the current Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration.  Robert is a truly distinguished intelligence professional who knows the Intelligence Community, NGA, and many of you as well.    We will conduct a change of directorship in early October.    

I believe for every end there is a new beginning.  I do not by any means plan to retire completely, but John and I look forward to starting a new chapter in our lives.  In the months to come we will have time to continue to get the mission done, transform the agency, prepare for a smooth transition, and say farewell. 

Words cannot express the pride and appreciation I have for each of you, your service, and all that you do. 

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See DoD press release at:

Robert Cardillo bio

DNI statement on the selection of Robert Cardillo to be the next NGA director