Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett was appointed Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency July 7, 2006. Prior to his appointment, Vice Adm. Murrett served as the Director of Naval Intelligence from April 1, 2005 until July 6, 2006. Following his commissioning, Vice Adm. Murrett was assigned as an afloat intelligence officer, including Mediterranean, North Atlantic, and western Pacific deployments aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS America (CV 66), and USS Independence (CV 62).
Following assignment to Defense Intelligence College in 1980, Vice Adm. Murrett was detailed to the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot (OP-009U) as a watch stander and briefing officer for Navy civilian and military leaders. From 1983 to 1985, he served as Assistant Intelligence Officer for Commander, Second Fleet. He participated in deployments to the North Atlantic, the European theater, and Caribbean aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and USS Nassau (LHA 4). Between 1986 and 1989, Vice Adm. Murrett was assigned as Assistant Naval Attaché to the U. S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway.
In 1989, Vice Adm. Murrett reported to Commander in Chief, U. S. Pacific Fleet, where he was assigned as Operational Intelligence Officer. From 1992 to 1995, he served as Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence for Commander, Carrier Group Eight, and deployed to the European and Central Command theaters aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Vice Adm. Murrett also was assigned as J2 CJTF 120 aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) for operations in the Caribbean.
Between 1995 and 1997, Vice Adm. Murrett was Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence for Commander, Second Fleet, and served concurrently as N2 for NATO's Striking Fleet Atlantic and as J2 for U. S. Atlantic Command's CJTF 120. From June 1997 until September 1998, he was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence. Vice Adm. Murrett was then assigned as Director, Intelligence Directorate, Office of Naval Intelligence in September 1998. Vice Adm. Murrett assumed the duties of Commander, Atlantic Intelligence Command (AIC) August 12, 1999. He was responsible for the transition of AIC to Joint Forces Intelligence Command in October 1999. Vice Adm. Murrett served as the Director for Intelligence, U. S. Joint Forces Command, from August 10, 2000 through January 25, 2002. From 31 January 2002 through March 2005, Vice Adm. Murrett was assigned as the Vice Director for Intelligence, J2, on the Joint Staff.
Vice Adm. Murrett received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Buffalo and master’s degrees in government and strategic intelligence from Georgetown University and the Defense Intelligence College, respectively.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a Department of Defense combat support agency and a member of the national Intelligence Community (IC). NGA develops imagery and map-based intelligence solutions for U.S. national defense, homeland security and safety of navigation. NGA provides timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security objectives. The term "geospatial intelligence" means the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. Geospatial intelligence consists of imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial (e.g., mapping, charting and geodesy) information.