Maria Muse-Duncan

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Director, Commercial Capabilities Discovery Office

Ms. Maria Muse-Duncan became the Acting Deputy Director of the NGA Commercial Operations Group in February 2023. She is also the Director of the Commercial Capabilities Discovery Office where she is executing a shared vision of commercial industry and government working together to advance national security. She leads a diverse workforce responsible for coordinating the end-to end commercial GEOINT process of obtaining NSG users’ GEOINT needs, discovering current and emerging capabilities in the commercial market sector, assessing and identifying commercial solutions for mission fitness, and acquiring those which will enhance NGA’s ability to execute its varied mission-sets.

She previously served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Sciences and Methodologies (ATS) where she led the day-to-day operations and assisted the ATS Director in the delivery of innovative applied imagery and geospatial science capabilities in support of national security missions.

Ms. Muse-Duncan’s previous positions include assignments as the NGA Lead Integrator to the Allied System Geospatial Intelligence (ASG) for Structured Observation Management (SOM) Integration; the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency Support Team (NST) to NSA and USCYBERCOM; the NGA Senior Lead to the National Signals Intelligence Committee (SIGCOM); the Chief of Staff of the Human Geography Joint Program Office, and a detail as the Executive Officer to the NGA Chief Information Officer (CIO-T).

Ms. Muse-Duncan began her federal career in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a Russian Linguist. She joined NGA in 1999 after working in the private sector, and serving more than 20 years as an active duty and USAF military reservist, ultimately retiring from the USAF reserves as an E-7 Master Sergeant.

Ms. Muse-Duncan is a graduate of University of Maryland Global Campus with a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.S. in Management of Information Systems, and is an alumnus of the National Intelligence University. Maria has received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the DOD Joint Meritorious Award, the 2012 Sharon Parish Leader Award, the Deputy Director National Intelligence for Analysis (DDNI/A) Distinguished Analysis Award, and the DOD Joint Meritorious Unit Award in support of 9/11 operations. In 2021, she was selected for promotion to the Defense Intelligence Senior ranks.

Ms. Muse-Duncan resides in Anne Arundel County, Md. She is an active member of her church, and has three adult children.

Last updated on: November 27, 2023