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Letitia Long, the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency, will be at Auburn University Friday, Nov. 21, to speak about leadership and the roles of women and engineers in the intelligence community and government. The free, public lecture will be held at 10 a.m. in Shelby Center 1103. The lecture is the result of a partnership between the Women’s Philanthropy Board in the College of Human Sciences and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s 100 Women Strong. 

Long retired this fall after serving as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for more than four years. Prior to the NGA, Long served as the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Defense Department’s deputy undersecretary for intelligence, deputy director of Naval Intelligence and executive director for Intelligence Community Affairs at the CIA. She has devoted more than 35 years to federal service, starting as an engineer with the U.S. Navy. The Department of Defense credits Long with helping the agency evolve from providing mostly static products such as maps to more complex geospatial intelligence.