Letitia A. Long – the first woman to head a United States intelligence agency – receives congratulations from outgoing director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett, left, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, second from right, and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. during the NGA change of directorship ceremony at the agency's campus in Springfield, VA, on Aug. 9, 2010.
NGA creates geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) using remotely sensed data, physical geography, land cover and cultural data collected by a myriad of sources to help its mission partners visualize and understand the world. NGA provides data and analytical services to support safety of navigation on land, air and sea.
She is the daughter of Hubert and Joann (Riley) Long, and granddaughter of the late John S. and Mary Belle (Minerd) Riley, of Youngwood, PA. Letitia previously was Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2006 until 2010. Earlier, she was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in 2003-2006 and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence in 2000-2003.