Ms. Linda Petrone has 38 years of experience in the intelligence community, where she is widely recognized as an engaging collaborator with a proven ability to break through the most entrenched organizational and cultural barriers to find common ground.
She most recently served as a senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the director of Intelligence Strategy, Policy, and Integration. She was responsible for strategic oversight of eight defense intelligence organizations, development of a broad range of policy guidance, and ensuring the alignment and integration of defense and national intelligence priorities. Previously, Petrone served at the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and as an intelligence program analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency. As a naval intelligence officer, she served as a briefer for the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She was also the special assistant to the director of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program.
Over her career, Petrone has been at the forefront of significant change within the intelligence community. She led a congressionally directed review that refocused and streamlined the mission of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and she served as the acquisition lead on a Department of Defense team established to assess and implement the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.
Petrone earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy.