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A Conversation with Dr. Stacey Dixon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

April 13, 2022 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

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On Wednesday, April 13, please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Dr. Stacey A. Dixon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI). As we celebrate the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)’s upcoming anniversary on April 22, we will hear from Dr. Dixon on ODNI’s role in the intelligence community (IC). In addition, the PDDNI will discuss her remarkable career path, how the IC is being positioned for the future, as well as how they are promoting competitiveness and innovation.

Dr. Stacey A. Dixon was sworn in as PDDNI on August 4, 2021. She possesses over 18 years of intelligence experience, leading the Intelligence Community at the highest ranks. Dr. Dixon joined ODNI after serving as the eighth Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2019 to 2021, where she assisted the Director both in leading the agency and managing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. From 2018 to 2019, she was the fourth Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) after serving as its Deputy Director from 2016 to 2018. Before joining IARPA, Dr. Dixon served as the Deputy Director of NGA’s research directorate, where she oversaw geospatial intelligence research and development, among additional roles at NGA, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the CIA.

An accomplished leader, Dr. Dixon holds both a doctorate and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She was also a chemical engineer postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dixon serves as a presidentially nominated member of the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and is ODNI’s liaison to Spelman College’s Center for Excellence for Minority Women in STEM.

This event will conclude with a short, pre-recorded discussion honoring an early pioneer in intelligence, the late Virginia Hall. Ellen McCarthy and Suzanne Spaulding will discuss her heroic career as a spy for the Allies during World War II, in addition to the effort to award Virginia Hall a Congressional Medal of Honor.

This event is made possible through support from Citi.

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Suzanne Spaulding
Director, Defending Democratic Institutions, and Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program
Nina Easton
Senior Associate (Non-resident), External Relations