Rear Adm. Robert Sharp USN confirmed as new NGA director

The Senate confirmed Navy Rear Adm. Robert Sharp for promotion to vice admiral and the Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence selected him as the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NGA announced December 26.

Sharp will assume command of the agency during a ceremony in February. He currently serves as the commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence and director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office.

After the announcement, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Under Secretary of Defense Intelligence Joseph Kernan issued a joint statement:

“The Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense Intelligence congratulate Rear Admiral Robert D. Sharp on his selection for promotion to Vice Admiral and his confirmation as the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Sharp carries a wealth of experience across the intelligence and defense communities and will serve our country well in this important national security post. We look forward to welcoming him in February when he succeeds Robert Cardillo who has led NGA for the last four years. We thank Robert for his steadfast leadership and unwavering dedication to the Intelligence Community and Nation.”

Source: NGA, ODNI