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April 25th, 2012
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First female chief for spy satellite agency

By Pam Benson

The glass ceiling has cracked a bit further as another woman is appointed to lead one of the big five U.S. intelligence agencies.

James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, announced Tuesday that Betty Sapp will take the helm of the National Reconnaissance Office, the agency that oversees the nation's supersecret satellite systems.

Sapp, who joined the intelligence community in 1997, has served as the NRO deputy director for the past two years. She will replace Bruce Carlson, who announced his departure will be July 20.

In a written statement, Clapper praised Sapp as "a smart, exceedingly professional and unflappable leader ... who has already established herself as an expert in her field."

The DNI also touted Carlson's accomplishments, noting the NRO had launched six satellites in just seven months last year.

Sapp becomes the second woman to head a key intelligence agency. Letitia "Tish" Long was appointed director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in August 2010.

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  1. Greg

    Are you kidding me? She's been Intell for 15 years and she's moved all the way to the top of the NRO. Really?? So how many more qualified male Intelligence Analysts that have been in the career for 30+ years did she "get" stepped over??

    May 10, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
  2. 111ggg

    Croatian journalist Giancarlo Kravar
    This also can be a great problem.

    In Israel torturing Palestinians
    Human rights organizations have reported that at least 4700 Palestinians in prisons in Israel. They do not recognize the status of prisoners of war and they were tortured. On that occasion, at a rally in Gaza were carried green flags of Hamas and Islamic Jihad black. Whether this could be interpreted as a sign of growing ties between the two organizations that have the same ideology and advocate for the destruction of Israel? Israel last year released 1000 Palestinians in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad shalt. I am against not only verbal (?) Threats to Israel, but "important" one Jew for 1,000 Palestinians!

    April 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  3. patrick kirwin

    what matters here is qualifacations, she has those so she gets the job, as for those who would kill other peoples children remember that game can be played by both sides, right now in the Arab world change is in the wind, always remeber that what you reap is what you sow!

    April 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  4. Clear and Present Thinker

    Glad to see some intelligence in the intelligence field. Sure didn't see that under Cheney/Bush.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
  5. Gold

    Gideon,

    Your stupidity aside, Israel is the ONLY bastion of Western democracy stuck in between Arab lands. Your country has had history of unjustified anti semitism. So, yes, you do owe us money and protection. After all,
    We have been protecting your interests and keeping the Arab animals at bay. You have also benefitted from our advanced technologies in employing these kinds satellites. So you can shove your idiocies because we the Jews have earned what you give us.

    And to Joe, you are noting but a liberal dog! It is your kind who is ungrateful. You would have a 9/11 every year if it weren't for the protection Israel is giving you.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • gideon

      I agree, if the Americans refuse to give us what is ours, we will kill their children.

      Israel comes first, don't anybody forget that.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • isabel221

      Are you kidding me? Israel is an apartheid state. Anyone other than a Jew feels like a 2nd class citizen.

      April 27, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  6. john brown

    Maybe this Gideon dude is not from Israel neither is he a Jew. Go figure, he sounds like someone who actually hates the jewish people and is trying his possible best to insight others. He is an idiot and one is born every second. He is succeeding by getting under your skins. I am not a jew, but I know a lot of Jews and they are better than this idiot.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • joe

      That's weird because I know many Jews who sound just like gideon.

      Mabey your just to much of a sheep to accept reality....

      April 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
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    April 26, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  8. NN

    Another fake DoD success story...why even waste the bytes and bandwidth to print their g a r b a g e .

    April 26, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  9. Scott

    Meh. Good for her. This is only news because she's a female in a male world. There would have been thousands of comments here of she was a swimsuit model.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  10. Joe Sixpack

    Another useless agency bankrupting our country

    April 26, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
  11. Hahahahahaha

    Let's go shopping for new spy equipment!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahhaha

    April 26, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  12. ,,,,,,,,,

    She's kinda cute.....................................for a lesbian.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • Clear and Present Thinker

      I see nothing in your comment that is relevant to the article.

      April 27, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  13. mipolitic

    BEST OF SUCCESS ! THIS LADY's success leads to our safety and victories .

    April 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • Gideon

      Only if she puts Israel first.

      If Israel should be compromised, our shin bet will certainly sell our nuclear weapons to those who would do revenge upon you traitors.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
      • ,,,,,,,,,

        Ahhhhhhh, suck my Gentile cock!

        April 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
      • joe

        Your type can burn in hell.

        Keep talking, Israel will just meet justice sooner dumbass.

        April 26, 2012 at 1:11 am |
      • obama leans into arm pit of russia to ask favour

        JOE this idiot is not a israeli or a jew , he is in another country

        April 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • plenty

        calm down and have a BLT you'll feel better

        April 27, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  14. Gideon

    Israel needs to be the focus here.

    We are facing destruction from Iran, but you still stuff burgers in your fat American faces…

    PUT BOOTS IN IRAN!!

    Have you forgotten what happened to us in WW2???

    If you Americans withdraw support, I’m quite sure my nation will take you down with us. We are are sick of taking shittt.

    Read the bible, the Jews are Chosen. You owe us your support.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • joe

      Go fuckk yourself, you zionist prick.

      Why the fukkk does my country pay 3 billion a year to you ungrateful fuckkks??

      April 26, 2012 at 1:10 am | Reply
      • steve

        @joe – all major corporations in the US are run by the Jews, they are lot smarter than an average American. if the corporations moves to europe and elsewhere, where are you going to work. So that 3 billion make sense, and it would help US have all the jobs and inventions here rather than elsewhere in the world.

        cheers !!!

        Steve

        April 26, 2012 at 9:43 am |

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