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Cathy Pennington
National Geospatial Intelligence Programs
The MITRE Corporation

Catherine Pennington is the Portfolio Director for National Geospatial Intelligence Programs at the MITRE Corporation in McLean, VA.  She is responsible for technical, financial, and operational oversight and direction to MITRE’s 150+ staff-year program supporting the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  Her principal focus is delivery of pre-acquisition concepts, prototypes, and emergent solutions based on alignment of R&D and the direct work program with agency priorities and operational needs, addressing the most critical programs facing NGA and the Intelligence Community.  She is also the director for Anticipatory Intelligence, a cross-cutting Portfolio of Intelligence and DoD activities at MITRE.  In this role, she is responsible for directing cross-cutting integration, research, and direct work program activities that will accelerate the advancement of anticipatory intelligence on behalf of the nation.  She coordinates outreach and linkages across government stakeholders, FFRDCs, and industry to collaboratively define the art of the possible and to mature emerging concepts through operational demonstration and transition to the enterprise.

Prior to this assignment, Ms. Pennington was Associate Executive Director for Joint and Multi-National Command, Control and Communications Programs at MITRE, responsible for defining and guiding a 130+ staff-year program portfolio supporting the Defense Information Systems Agency.  She also developed and taught graduate-level Enterprise System Engineering courses for the Johns Hopkins University M.S. program and University of Virginia Master’s program in System Engineering.

Prior to joining MITRE, Ms. Pennington held management and techinical positions in government and private industry.  She holds a M.S. degree in computer science from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. from the University of Maryland.  She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, John Hopkins University Engineering Alumni, Women in Aerospace, and Women in Technology International.