INSA Chairman Letitia Long appeared Sunday on The Bridge, a weekly 30-minute program featuring interviews with leaders from government, business, academia, and associations. The episode aired Sunday, October 29, 2017.
Long discussed her career arc from engineering to becoming the first woman to lead one of the six major U.S. intelligence agencies, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), from 2010-2014.
“First of all it was an honor, an honor to lead the women and men of NGA, and quite honestly, to be a role model for all the women in the Intelligence Community,” Long told host Jim McCarthy.
Long stressed the importance of role models and mentorship for women entering the intelligence field.
“When you look up in any organization, you want to see people like you at the top. You want to know that you can be like them,” she said. “To me, the measure of success is how many women come after me.”
Long went on to discuss INSA and its efforts to promote public-private approaches to issues like acquisition management, security clearance reform, and cybersecurity. She also discussed the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, which would require that devices purchased by the U.S. government meet certain minimum security requirements.
The Bridge airs Sundays at 11:00 am on WJLA Channel 7 and at 6:00 pm on NewsChannel 8.