National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Definition/Scope: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) provides timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security objectives. The term “geospatial intelligence” means the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. Geospatial intelligence consists of imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial (e.g., mapping, charting and geodesy) information. Information collected and processed by NGA is tailored for customer-specific solutions. By giving customers ready access to geospatial intelligence, NGA provides support to civilian and military leaders and contributes to the state of readiness of U.S. military forces. NGA also contributes to humanitarian efforts, such as tracking floods and disaster support, and to peacekeeping. NGA is a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and a Department of Defense (DoD) Combat Support Agency. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., NGA operates major facilities in the St. Louis, Mo. And Washington, D.C. areas. The Agency also fields support teams worldwide. NGA mission is to provides timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security objectives, while their vision is: Know the Earth … Show the Way. NGA was formerly known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA).
Used For:Defense Mapping Agency
Broader Terms:geospatial intelligence
Narrower Terms:aerial photography
Related Terms:Defense Joint Intelligence Operations Center