AF announces new NASIC/CC

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The United States Air Force has selected Col. Sean P. Larkin to replace Col. Leah G. Lauderback as the next commander of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

"It has been an absolute pleasure and honor to command such a high-functioning organization," Lauderback said. "Especially one with a reputation like NASIC's."

In command since 2014, Lauderback has been responsible for managing the center's $350 million budget and more than 3,100 personnel. During her tenure, she oversaw several projects including the ground breaking of a $29.5 million addition to the center's foreign materiel exploitation facility.

Lauderback’s next duty assignment has not yet been announced.
Larkin is coming to NASIC from his assignment as a Military Fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that, he was the director of staff for the deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters.

Larkin is no stranger to NASIC, having served previously as the commander of the center’s Global Exploitation Intelligence Group from 2011-2013.

“NASIC provides world-class capabilities to both the Air Force and Intelligence Community,” Larkin said. "I'm excited and humbled to return as the commander."

This marks the second time in recent history NASIC’s inbound commander has had previous ties to the unit. Lauderback’s father worked at the Foreign Technical Division, the center’s predecessor organization.

A change of command has been scheduled for May 26. Additional details on the ceremony will be released at a later date.