Herndon, Virginia —The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is pleased to announce Letitia A. Long as the 2022 Arthur C. Lundahl-Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in recognition of her myriad achievements and community leadership.
With more than four decades of exceptional service in government and industry, Ms. Long has been a trailblazer and steadfast advocate of the GEOINT tradecraft and the Intelligence Community.
Her career began as a civilian intern engineer with U.S. Navy submarine programs, from which she transitioned to naval intelligence program management. Over the course of her ensuing intelligence community career, she served as the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (Policy, Requirements and Resources), the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and is a former member of the USGIF Board of Directors.
Her final government position was as the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in which among other noteworthy achievements she led agency transformation efforts to embrace commercial and open source solutions and oversaw the agency’s support to the Abbottabad raid that resulted in the capture of Osama bin Laden.
Throughout her career, Ms. Long has championed career growth and leader development—especially for underrepresented groups—and has modeled servant leadership. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), as well as serving on the boards of several other corporate, non-profit, and academic institutions.
“Tish’s vision and leadership substantially advanced the craft of geospatial intelligence. Moreover, her personal and relentless dedication to expanding opportunities for all GEOINTers made an immediate mark on the current generation and set the stage for a bright future for the profession. Quite simply—and profoundly—Tish made our community better and stronger,” said Robert Cardillo, chairman of the USGIF Board of Directors.
This prestigious award is named for Arthur C. Lundahl and Thomas C. Finnie, honoring their accomplishments—in imagery analysis and mapping, respectively—and their legacies within the GEOINT Community.
USGIF is excited to host this year’s GEOGala on Thursday, Dec. 1 in Tysons Corner VA, which will for the first time include a silent auction with proceeds directly benefitting USGIF’s scholarship and education programs. Sponsorship and table opportunities are now available. Join us as we bring together leaders from across the Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security sectors for a night of celebration and fun.
USGIF, founded in 2004, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-lobbying educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community among government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address global security challenges. USGIF executes its mission via its strategic pillars: Build the Community, Advance the Tradecraft, Accelerate Innovation. For more information, please visit www.USGIF.org and follow USGIF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.