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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 563-96
October 01, 1996

NATIONAL IMAGERY AND MAPPING AGENCY ESTABLISHED

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) today joins the ranks of the Department of Defense as the newest combat support agency. Established by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency Act of 1996, NIMA has a global mission and unique responsibilities to manage and provide imagery and geospatial information to national policy makers and military forces. In recognition of its unique responsibilities and global mission, NIMA is also established as a part of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

NIMA brings together in a single organization the imagery tasking, exploitation, production and dissemination responsibilities and the mapping, charting and geodetic functions of eight separate organizations of the Defense and Intelligence communities. By providing comprehensive management of U.S. imaging and geospatial capabilities, NIMA will improve support to national and military customers alike.

NIMA's mission is to provide timely, relevant and accurate imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial information in support of national security objectives. The agency's vision is to guarantee the information edge--ready access to the world's imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial information.

NIMA incorporates the Defense Mapping Agency, the Central Imagery Office, and the Defense Dissemination Program Office in their entirety; and the mission and functions of CIA's National Photographic Interpretation Center. These organizations are disestablished effective today. Also included in NIMA are the imagery exploitation, dissemination and processing elements of the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office and the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office.

Navy Rear Admiral J.J. Dantone, Jr., formerly the director of the Defense Mapping Agency and the director of the NIMA Implementation Team, has been named acting director for the new agency. Named as deputy directors are Leo Hazlewood (Operations); Dr. Annette Krygiel (Systems and Technology) and W. Douglas Smith (Corporate Affairs).

First among NIMA's core values is commitment to the customer. NIMA consolidates activities and functions that will permit employees to work with some of the latest technological developments in computers, communications, digital imagery and geospatial information. A major early thrust of the agency will be to promote the use of commercial solutions within NIMA while maintaining continued high levels of support to our military forces and national policy makers.

Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., NIMA will operate major facilities in the Northern Virginia, Washington, D. C., Bethesda, Md. and St. Louis, Mo. areas with support and liaison offices worldwide.

For further information, contact the NIMA Public Liaison Office at 703-275-8409.