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Joseph J. Dantone
Official portrait of Joseph J. Dantone
Birth name Joseph J. Dantone
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Navy seal United States Navy
Rank USN-USMC O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral Joseph J. Dantone of U.S. Navy, was last director of Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) from May 1996 to September 1996. He was also the Acting Director of National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) from October 1996 to March 1998. He played a major role in transition of DMA into NIMA.

Defense Mapping Agency[edit | edit source]

Rear Admiral Dantone led the NIMA transition team that established the mission, function, organizational structure and program plan for the new agency. He led the consolidation of resources from eight different agencies into the new agency after gaining the approval of Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and various oversight congressional committees.[1]

On November 28, 1995; the Secretary of Defense, Director of Central Intelligence and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders and appropriate committees agreeing in concept to the establishment of a National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). The purpose of NIMA was to consolidate imagery and mapping resources and management, from eight different agencies, into a single agency within the Department of Defense (DoD) to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of imagery intelligence and mapping support to both national and military customers.[2]

Dantone, then Deputy Director for Military Support, National Reconnaissance Office, was named Director of NIMA Implementation Team, and acting director of NIMA. Leo A. Hazlewood, then Deputy Director for Administration, Central Intelligence Agency, and Dr. Annette Krygiel, then Director, Central Imagery Office, were selected as Deputy Directors.[2]

He was inducted into 2016 Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame.[3]

Accolades, and decorations[edit | edit source]

Rear Admiral Dantone was inducted into 2016 Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame.[3]
Dantone flew over 150 combat missions in Southeast Asia. His military decorations include:[1][4]

References[edit | edit source]

Government offices
Preceded by
Office established
Acting Director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency
1996 - 1998
Succeeded by
James C. King

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