Ms. Sandra Auchter serves as the Deputy Associate Director for Capabilities (ADC) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this role, she supports the ADC in the oversight, synchronization, guidance, and development of NGA, National System for Geospatial Intelligence, and Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence strategic direction, future resource programming, capabilities planning and acquisition, innovation, research, and the adoption of new technologies supporting GEOINT requirements.
Previously Ms. Auchter served as the Director of NGA’s Office of Eurasia and Africa (AOE) from December 2016 – November 2018, and prior as the Deputy Director, AOE between June 2015 and December 2016. From 2010 to 2015, Ms. Auchter served as a manager in NGA’s Office of Counterterrorism, completing her tour as the Deputy Division Chief for the Counterterrorism Division. Ms. Auchter began her career with NGA in 2000 focused on national intelligence priorities and crises in the Africa AOR, with a particular focus on Central Africa. In 2003, she served on a rotation concurrently as the NGA representative to the Director of Central Intelligence Agency’s Operations Center and as the Weapons Intelligence, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Watch Officer.
From 2004-2007, Ms. Auchter worked Strategic Issues in the Near and Middle East, to include managing a special program on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency and NGA. She served as the Lead for Executive Communications to Director NGA from 2007-2010. Ms. Auchter received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Regional Studies, Africa, from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and is an alumnus of the National Defense Intelligence College/National Intelligence University. Ms. Auchter is the recipient of the Director of National Intelligence’s (DNI) Joint Operation Abbottabad Intelligence Community Integration Team National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, the NGA Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Ms. Auchter resides in Arlington, VA.