The U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation announced Letitia “Tish” Long as the 2022 Arthur C. Lundahl-Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in recognition of her achievements and community leadership.
With more than four decades of service in government and industry, Long “has been a trailblazer and steadfast advocate of the GEOINT tradecraft and the Intelligence Community,” according to USGIF.
“Tish’s vision and leadership substantially advanced the craft of geospatial intelligence,” said Robert Cardillo, chairman of the USGIF board of directors. “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.”
Long’s career began as a civilian intern engineer with U.S. Navy submarine programs, from which she transitioned to naval intelligence program management.
She subsequently served as deputy director of naval intelligence, deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence (policy, requirements and resources) and deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her final government position was as the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
She is also a former member of the USGIF board of directors.
This year’s GEOGala on Dec. 1 in Tysons Corner, Virginia, will for the first time include a silent auction, with proceeds directly benefitting USGIF’s scholarship and education programs.