This year, Ric Diaz celebrates four decades serving his country in the field of geospatial intelligence and analysis. Notably in his career, he worked for the NATO Intelligence Fusion Centre, where he led multinational teams and managed resources that ensured NATO’s geospatial enduring mission requirements. During this time, he was deployed to Afghanistan on nine occasions serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif. “Being skilled in intelligence isn’t just about understanding the application of tools; it’s about being able to handle real situations in real time to ensure national security,” Mr. Diaz says, adding that his experience demonstrates the difference between stepping in to change targets versus allowing something catastrophic to occur. As chief of geospatial intelligence, he drew from his varied experience working in the U.S. Navy and for the U.S. federal government in other capacities. Mr. Diaz displays his key areas of competency to be in imagery exploitation, advanced information solutions, electronic systems, Lycoming engines, and marine and land systems.