NGA Director Robert Cardillo on U.S. Intelligence Since 9/11: Where Its Been, Where Its Going

Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 - Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018   |   5:15 - 6:30 PM   |  Bass Lecture Hall

The Intelligence Studies Project, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Clements Center for National Security hosted Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, for a campus visit on Tuesday, February 6.

Director Cardillo delivered public remarks on “U.S. Intelligence Since 9/11: Where It’s Been, Where It’s Going” to a full Bass Lecture Hall. In his remarks, Director Cardillo described his career in public service, the technological and other challenges currently confronting NGA, and the process by which the IC supports the president with daily intelligence briefings.  The full video from Director Cardillo’s talk may be viewed below. 

Selected images from the event may be found here

During his visit to campus, Director Cardillo also met with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in ISP-sponsored courses on intelligence and national security. He participated in research interviews in connection with projects underway at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and joined in a simulation underway in an undergraduate intelligence course.


Robert Cardillo Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Robert Cardillo

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Cardillo served as the first Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, from 2010 to  2014. In addition, he served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Deputy Director for Analysis, DIA, from 2006 to 2010. In the summer of 2009, Mr. Cardillo served as the Acting J2, a first for a civilian, in support of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Before he moved to DIA, Mr. Cardillo led Analysis and Production as well as Source Operations and Management at NGA from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Cardillo’s leadership assignments at NGA also included Congressional Affairs, Public Affairs, and Corporate Relations.

Mr. Cardillo began his career with DIA in 1983 as an imagery analyst, and he was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2000. Mr. Cardillo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University in 1983 and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University in 1988.

Mr. Cardillo is the recipient of the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive, the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award.