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First Female to Head Major US Intelligence Agency

Letitia A. Long is being promoted to the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency today. There will be a ceremony at the agency’s high-tech campus in Springfield, VA. While the building is still not completely built, the entire NGA staff is expected to relocate to this building by fall of 2011.

Long was most recently second in command at the Defense Intelligence Agency and will now be the first woman ever to head a major US intelligence agency. She has held several senior management positions over her 32 years in the industry, including deputy director of Naval Intelligence and deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence.

Fairfax County Residents Find Chemical Bombs in Mailboxes

Fairfax County Officials have reported at least eight homemade chemical bombs in mailboxes since May 2010. These bombs have shown up in Northern Virginia mailboxes and front yards in residential areas of Reston and West Springfield.

The chemical bombs are being made with chemicals such as baking soda and Drano and some of the explosives even contain shredded aluminum. While no one has been injured by the bombs, they could potentially cause serious harm to people, as well as damage property. The Fairfax County police and fire officials are working together to warn area residents and are looking into those individuals responsible. Many community residents believe that a group of local teens are responsible for the incidents.