Mr. Robert Cardillo became the sixth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on Oct. 3, 2014. Prior to leading NGA, Cardillo served as the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration.
As director of the Defense Mapping Agency from July 1979 to June 1981, Major General Nicholson III expanded the digital geographic data production for the Strategic Air Command/Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff requirements to respond to the Joint Strategic Operational Plan, or JSOP, for defense of the nation during the Cold War.
An expert in marine analysis, naval meteorology and bathymetry, Matthew F. Maury earned his nickname as the “Pathfinder of the Seas,” by developing the first Wind and Current Charts in 1847. His efforts were directly responsible for the United States’ emergence as a powerful seafaring nation unequaled in its knowledge of the Earth’s oceans, winds and currents.
During World War II, Massachusetts native and STEM pioneer Mary Sears left her job as a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to answer her country’s call to duty.