Remembering Former PIDB Member Martin C. Faga

Martin C. Faga
June 11, 1941 – October 19, 2023

Former PIDB member, Martin Faga, died on October 19, 2023. Marty served for three terms and as acting chair. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as an inaugural member of the PIDB and was present at the Board’s first meeting on Saturday, February 25, 2006. The blog post on his departure from the Board in 2014 noted that he had helped craft many of the Board’s recommendations, including simplifying the classification system and adopting a risk-based approach for classification.

Marty served as director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from 1989 to 1993. In 1992 he led the declassification of the existence of the NRO which had been secret since its establishment in 1961. He joined Mitre in 1993 and became president and CEO in 2000. After he retired in 2006, he worked as a consultant and a member of the board of trustees for Mitre until 2012.

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