New Leader Picked for Intelligence Group at Wright-Patterson AFB

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE -- A Council on Foreign Relations military academic fellow has been chosen as the next commander of a secretive Air Force intelligence agency.

Col. Sean P. Larkin will become the leader at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in a change of command ceremony May 26, according to NASIC spokeswoman Michelle Martz.

Larkin will take over the post from Col. Leah G. Lauderback, who will have completed a two-year tour of duty. Lauderback's next assignment has not been publicly announced.

The two were not immediately available for interviews.

NASIC, headquartered at Wright-Patterson, also has an intelligence analysis unit at Springfield Air National Guard Base.

For Larkin, it's a return to NASIC. He served as the commander of the Global Exploitation Intelligence Group inside NASIC, and was most recently the director of staff for the deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to his biography.

The Iraq veteran is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

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