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Recently, the director of national intelligence issued a statement welcoming Stacey Dixon, Ph.D. back to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as principal deputy director of national intelligence.

“Dr. Dixon is an absolutely extraordinary leader who combines integrity, intelligence, and empathy in everything that she does,” the statement read. “Her deep knowledge of intelligence tradecraft, her experience in intelligence-related technological innovation, and her appreciation of the critical work that intelligence professionals perform every day will serve us well at this critical moment in our history. Quite simply, I cannot imagine a better person to partner with in leading the Intelligence Community.”

On LinkedIn, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) also posted a welcome message:

“Fair winds and following seas to Dr. Stacey Dixon who was sworn in today as the principal deputy director of national intelligence. The NGA family is tremendously proud of Dr. Dixon and all of her accomplishments. We wish her well as she steps into her new role with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.” (Photo credit: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Dixon became the eighth deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on July 1, 2019. In this role, she assisted the director both in leading the agency and in managing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence.

From 2018 to 2019, she served as the fourth director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), after serving as its deputy director from 2016 to 2018.

Before joining IARPA, Dixon served as the deputy director of NGA’s research directorate, where she oversaw geospatial intelligence research and development. Prior to that, she served as NGA’s chief of congressional and intergovernmental affairs, and then deputy director of NGA’s corporate communications office.

From 2007 to 2010, she was a staff member for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and from 2003 to 2007, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, where she was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office’s advanced systems and technology directorate.

Dixon holds both a doctorate and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She was also a chemical engineering postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota.

She additionally serves as a presidentially nominated member of the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, NGA Liaison to the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Board of Directors, and NGA Liaison to the Spelman College Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM Leadership Advisory Board. In 2020, Dixon was recognized with a Special Recognition Award at the Women of Color STEM Conference.

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