Secretary of Defense William Perry, Director of Central Intelligence John
Deutch and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Shalikashvili
today sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders and appropriate committees
agreeing in concept to the establishment of a National Imagery and Mapping
This new agency will consolidate imagery and mapping resources and related
management into a single organization within the Department of Defense. It
will improve the overall effectiveness of imagery intelligence and mapping
support to both national and military customers.
NIMA will have program and budget authorities as well as research, development,
acquisition, exploitation and production responsibilities for imagery and
Rear Admiral Joseph J. Dantone, Jr., U. S. Navy, currently deputy director for
Military Support of the National Reconnaissance Office, has been named as the
director of the NIMA Implementation Team. Leo Hazlewood, currently deputy
director for Administration of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Dr. Annette
Krygiel, presently director of the Central Imagery Agency, have been selected
as deputy directors.
Specific details of the agency will be developed in close consultation with the
Congress. It is expected, however, that NIMA will be formed by consolidating
the Defense Mapping Agency, the Central Imagery Agency, CIA's National
Photographic Intelligence Center, all imagery support resources of the Defense
Intelligence Agency, and resources of the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance
Program and National Reconnaissance Program associated with imagery
exploitation and dissemination. The target date for stand-up of the new agency
is October 1, 1996.
NIMA will have about 9,000 employees, including approximately 7,000 from the
Defense Mapping Agency.
Consolidation of activities and functions into a single agency will permit NIMA
employees to focus on creating advanced technical support for customers in the
military as well as national and civil government agencies. NIMA employees
will have opportunities for professional development, including
inter-disciplinary training. The agency's imagery specialists will find
themselves working with the latest technological developments in optics,
electronic computing, communications and imagery.
NIMA will be designated a combat support agency of the Department of Defense.
Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence authorities for
functions being transferred to NIMA are essentially unchanged.
The interagency task force that has studied the proposed merger since early
summer 1995 recommended consolidation for three reasons:
-- a single, streamlined agency could best serve the imagery and mapping needs
of a growing and increasingly diverse customer base across government;
-- the current dispersion of imagery and mapping responsibilities does not
allow any one agency to exploit the tremendous potential of enhanced collection
systems, digital processing technology and the prospective expansion in
commercial imagery; and
-- the revolution in information technology creates the foundation for a
combined imagery and mapping effort which can best be realized through
General Shalikashvili commented on the consolidation, saying that the "standup
of NIMA will substantially enhance the Intelligence Community's support to its
policy-level customers as well as better accomplish its mission of supporting
our combat forces." The General also remarked that "the men and women who are
the imagery professionals in the Intelligence Community have amassed an
extraordinary record of success. They have given our nation a capability that
is unmatched in the world today. We owe it to them to ensure that the
structure in which they operate will preserve and nurture their expertise."