Vice Admiral Robert Sharp is the seventh Director of the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. VADM Sharp leads and directs NGA under
the authorities of the Secretary of Defense and Director of National
Intelligence. He became NGA’s director on Feb. 7, 2019. From April 2016 to
February 2019, VADM Sharp served as Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence and
Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office. During
his initial flag assignment he served as the Director for Intelligence (J2),
U.S. Special Operations Command. His previous operational tours include
deployments with USS Ranger (CV61), Carrier Air Wing 2 embarked on USS
Constellation (CV 64), and Carrier Group 2 embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN
75). Additionally, he conducted multiple deployments to Afghanistan as J2 of a
Special Operations Task Force, leading joint, inter-agency intelligence
professionals supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. VADM Sharp’s shore tours
include assistant intelligence officer for Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific;
instructor duty at the Fleet Intelligence Center, Pacific; targeting officer on
the Joint Staff; Intelligence Operations officer with U.S. Fleet Forces
Command; Director of Intelligence for Naval Special Warfare Development Group;
Director of Intelligence and Deputy Director for the Maritime Operations Center
for Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet; and senior
fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. He commanded
the Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. Central Command from August 2010 to August
2012. A native of San Jose, California, VADM Sharp graduated from the
University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in English and was
commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1988. He holds a Naval War
College diploma and earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy
from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2008. In addition to
multiple personal, unit, and campaign awards, he has been the recipient of the
Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor award for excellence in instruction, the U.S.
Army’s Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence, the Rear Adm. Edwin T. Layton
leadership award, and the Naval Intelligence Foundation award for excellence in
operational intelligence support to the Fleet.
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