Navy Vice Adm. Robert Sharp assumed command as the seventh director of the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Feb. 7 in a ceremony at the agency’s
Sharp, who replaces
Robert Cardillo, previously served as commander of the Office of Naval
Intelligence and director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with NGA and GEOINT professionals during every step of my career – I’ve set sail with your products, I’ve worked late nights and weekends with you, and we’ve deployed around the globe together. I am truly humbled and honored to be joining the NGA team,” said Sharp.
director in October 2014. During his tenure, Cardillo led the agency through
unprecedented change, embracing industry and other nontraditional sources of
intelligence and innovation.
“As I hand the baton to
my successor today, I do so knowing this agency has made great strides in
elevating deeper insight and improving operational agility to protect our
nation’s security,” said Cardillo. In his remarks Cardillo also recognized and
celebrated those who instructed, mentored, corrected and guided him to this
Under Secretary of
Defense for Intelligence Joseph Kernan and Director of National Intelligence
Dan Coats presided over the ceremony.