The Senate has confirmed U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Frank D. Whitworth III to serve as the eighth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).


Whitworth will take up the helm as NGA director and lead the agency tasked with delivering geospatial intelligence to the defense and intelligence community – including lawmakers, intelligence professionals, and policymakers. President Biden nominated Whitworth back on Jan. 10.


Whitworth will replace Vice Adm. Robert Sharp as director for the NGA, who will retire after 33 years of service. 


Currently, Whitworth is serving as director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Before that, Whitworth served in several positions – commander of the Joint Intelligence Center Central, commanding officer of the Navy Element of U.S. Central Command, and commanding officer of the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center.


Whitworth also served as the intelligence director for the U.S. Africa Command and the Joint Special Operations Command.

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Lisbeth Perez is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.