Distinguished Fellows

Robert Cardillo

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Robert Cardillo was a Distinguished Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). He is the president of The Cardillo Group, LLC. With a portfolio consisting of academic, non-profit and national security related industry positions, The Cardillo Group delivers strategic and operational consultation services dedicated to the evolution of the intelligence profession as it serves our nation’s security and prosperity. He is also Chairman of the Board and Chief Strategist for Planet Federal. Until February 2019, Robert was the sixth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, responsible for embracing and leveraging the growing commercial capabilities in the geospatial industry. Prior to that assignment, he served as the first Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, from 2010 to 2014. Robert also served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Deputy Director for Analysis, DIA, from 2006 to 2010. In the summer of 2009, he served as the Acting Director of Intelligence for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a first for a civilian. Before he moved back to DIA, Robert led Analysis and Production as well as Source Operations & Management at NGA from 2002 to 2006.

Robert has been awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive (twice), the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive, the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (twice), the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (twice) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award. In 2019, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Saint Louis University. Robert earned an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.