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News | Feb. 26, 2016

Senator Mark Warner holds town hall with DIA workforce in Charlottesville, VA

By DIA Public Affairs

Virginia Senator Mark Warner met with Rivanna Station senior leadership, including representatives from the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), for an overview brief of the intelligence campus. The discussion highlighted the history of base realignment and closure (BRAC) legislation directing the relocation of DIA personnel to Charlottesville, Virginia, which has evolved into a microcosm of the intelligence community with unique mission sets and capabilities to support intelligence customers from the tactical to national level. NGIC highlighted their employees at Rivanna Station who serve as the DoD center for all analysis of foreign ground forces.

After the senior discussion, subject matter experts briefed Warner about analysis of current topics.

On the way to a town hall for the Rivanna Station workforce hosted at NGIC, Warner was treated to a short bus tour of the campus, which gave him the opportunity to see the newly opened Child Development Center that can host approximately 100 children and a staff of 40 individuals hired from the local community.

Warner concluded his visit by taking questions from the workforce on a wide variety of topics such as what the IC can do to better support members of Congress, political polarization and his thoughts on the presidential primaries. 

“As members of the intelligence community, you are essential in keeping our world safe in a complex and changing landscape,” Warner said. “ I thank you for your service and for providing me with the insight into what you do here; I have an 80 percent better knowledge about what you do than I did an hour ago.”

Warner also expressed his commitment to supporting the intelligence community. “This is your country, it’s not the politicians,” he said. “We’re here to serve you.”