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Former intelligence agency director joins SDL guidance council

June 14, 2019 | HJ News

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory announced the recent appointment of Robert Cardillo to its guidance council.

“Robert’s leadership within the government, coupled with his unwavering commitment to the U.S. Intelligence Community, will be a tremendous asset to the Space Dynamics Laboratory as we continue to seek opportunities to support our customers in protecting and defending our country,” said Niel Holt, director of SDL.

Cardillo served most recently as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the nation’s primary source of geospatial intelligence for the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community.

Prior to his role at the NGA, Cardillo served as the deputy director of national intelligence for intelligence integration and as the deputy director for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“His deep understanding of technology-based intelligence solutions throughout the U.S. government will help us provide agile products and services for the collection and analysis of data for a variety of SDL customers,” Holt said.

According to Eric Warren, director of public relations, Space Dynamics Laboratory is one of 14 university-affiliated research centers across the country. Each center has a government sponsor.

More than 850 engineers, technicians and business professionals design, build, test and manage software and hardware, including small satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles for data gathering, synthesis, and analysis for all branches of the military and the intelligence community.

The guidance council is made up of government and industry veterans, including the former director of the National Reconnaissance Office, former assistant secretary of the Air Force, and former astronaut and deputy undersecretary of the Air Force.