Eileen Kovalich Preisser, a Defense Intelligence Senior Level Executive, is the Senior Air Force Representative to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as Program and Technical Advisor, Air Force Geospatial-Intelligence Office and Senior Technical Advisor, Headquarters Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA). The agency is aligned under the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance as a field operating agency.
Ms. Preisser serves as Director, Air Force GEOINT Office, and advises NGA and the Air Force on a broad range of operational and technical GEOINT issues. Her office ensures Air Force GEOINT enterprise objectives are met while facilitating collaborative plans, policies, and technical solutions to advance the next generation of GEOINT with NGA, National Reconnaissance Organization, and partners within the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) and Allied System for Geospatial-Intelligence (ASG). Air Force GEOINT Office is responsible for mainstreaming Full Spectrum GEOINT (FSG) and putting the power of GEOINT into the hands of Air Force users while also deepening the Air Force's technical and analytic phenomenology tradecraft. Her objectives are to enhance distinctive analytical and technical expertise, improve horizontal and vertical interoperability between NGA and Air Force, and develop common applications that link the Air Force GEOINT communities internally and externally with the greater NSG.
Ms. Preisser left academia to begin Air Force Officer Training School in 1985 and served on active duty until 1992 receiving multiple intelligence qualifications. She served in joint and multi-lateral operations and was one of the first female Air Force case officers and international treaty inspectors. She continued as an Air Force Intelligence Mobilization Augmentee to USCENTCOM and USSOCOM until 1999. While on active duty, she completed a variety of intelligence Air Force specialty codes and served in assignments as an intelligence officer in the National Capitol Region, Tampa, Fla., Central Imagery Tasking Office, On-Site Inspection Agency/Inspection Support Staff, and with reconnaissance organizations in Germany, from which she deployed to other locations in support of Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Provide Comfort, and follow-on missions.
Ms. Preisser entered civil service in 1992 serving in arms control and reconnaissance collection roles with the Defense Intelligence Agency. She was recognized by the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney General for service during joint-duty assignments with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration using reconnaissance assets to manage smuggling and drug operations along U.S. borders and coastal regions. From 1997 to 2001, she worked with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Army, and USSOCOM to build an advanced Information Operations capability for the U.S. Her work was recognized by both the Intelligence Community and DOD. In 1999, the Vice-Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee appointed her as a Special Advisor for Science and Technology related to National Security Operations. She provided research and testimony on the role of Information Operations and Cyber Security for the U.S. Her work on Capitol Hill in the areas of counterterrorism and cyber operations led to a follow-on assignment after 9/11 as a Technical Executive with U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Research Laboratory, under the terms of an Interagency Personnel Agreement. Assigned to Kirtland AFB, N.M. and the National Capitol Region, she advised senior Air Force officials on interagency programs and launched sensitive DOD, Department of Energy, and Department of Homeland Security programs in air, space and cyberspace.
In 2004, Ms. Preisser joined NGA where she worked programs centered upon intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance future systems; GEOINT technologies; and quality-of-production and certification of analysts. She was credited with numerous Service GEOINT integration efforts and was a decorated leader and program manager for the execution of the NGA GEOINT Headquarters modernization program under Base Realignment and Closure.
1983 Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Cultures, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
1985 Master of Arts in Foreign Language Studies, Pennsylvania State University
1986 Department of Air Force Intelligence Applications Course, Denver, Colo.
1987 Began Doctoral Study at Catholic University of America, History--Military Science and Technology
1990 Basic and Advanced IMINT training and qualification, U.S. Air Force
1993 Ph.D. completed with Greenwich, Political Science, International Politics
1997 Information Operations and Cyber Response Training
1999 Intelligence Community Applications Officer Certification, Washington, D.C
2004-2006 Post Doctoral Work in Leadership and Organizational Design, University of Phoenix
2008 Women in Senior Executive Leadership Seminar
2009-2010 Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
2010 George Mason University Institute for Leadership Excellence Certificate
1. August 1983 - October 1985, Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University, Department of German, State College, Pa.
2. October 1985 - January 1986, Student, U.S. Air Force Officer Training School, Medina Annex, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. January 1986 - July 1986, U.S. Air Force Intelligence Training Course, Lowry AFB, Colo.
4. July 1986 - February 1990, HUMINT Officer, Air Force Special Activities Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., and Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany
5. March 1990 - June 1992, Imagery Analyst and Deputy Operations Officer, 497th Reconnaissance Technical Group, Schierstein, Germany
6. January 1991 - June 1992, Arms Control Collection Chief and Treaty Inspector, On-Site Inspection Agency/ISS, Frankfurt, Germany
7. November 1992 - April 1995, Defense Reconnaissance Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency, Headquarters DIA and Central Imagery Tasking Office, Washington, D.C.
8. June 1993 - April 1999, Reserve Special Assignment, Senior Intelligence Officer, Intelligence Mobilization Augmentee, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
9. April 1995 - March 1996, Reserve Special Assignment, Defense Reconnaissance Officer, Air Intelligence Agency, Joint Task Force Six, Ft. Bliss, Texas
10. March 1996 - March 1998, Desk Officer for Iran with secondary responsibility for Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, U.S. Central Command, Fla.
11. March 1998 - July 1998, Reserve Special Assignment, U.S. Space Command, NTM Programs and Plans
12. July 1998 - October 2000, Senior Intelligence Officer Information Operations, Office of the Technical Executive, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.
13. April 1999 - Appointed Senior Technical Advisor, National Security and Homeland Defense, U.S. House of Representatives, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee, Washington, D.C.
14. October 2000 - October 2001, Manager, Technical and Scientific Operations for Defense Recconnaissance, Intelligence and Information Systems, Raytheon Systems Co, Garland, Texas
15. October 2001 - January 2004, Technical Executive, Interagency Personnel Agreement with U.S. Air Force, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
16. January 2004 - November 2004, Senior Technical Advisor, National Security and Homeland Defense, U.S. House of Representatives; Chairman, House Armed Services Committee, Washington, D.C.; and Senior ISR Technical Advisor, Headquarters Air Intelligence Agency, San Antonio, Texas
17. November 2004 - September 2011, Manager, Geospatial-Intelligence Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, Md.
18. September 2011 - present, Program and Technical Advisor, Air Force Geospatial-Intelligence Office and Senior Technical Advisor fro GEOINT, Headquarters Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas
AWARDS AND HONORS
2012 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Meritorious Service Medal
2011 Office of Director National Intelligence IC Team Meritorious Service Medal
2005, 2006, 2007 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, NGA Defense Service Individual and Team citations
2007 Office of Director National Intelligence Exceptional Performance Award
Defense Meritorious Service
Defense Humanitarian Service
Joint Service Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medals
Senior Advisor to Congress, House Armed Services Committee, Science, Technology and Intelligence 2002-2004, Advisor, State of Kentucky, Center for Deterrence of Bioterrorism
2002-2004, Advisor, ANSIR Counterintelligence Program and INFRAGUARD Industrial Information Security Program, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Adjunct honorary appointments in Security Studies, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2001-2003), University of Louisville (2003-2004).
Senior Executives Association
US Air Force Association
(Current as of January 2012)