National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

intelligence agency of the United States of America

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is an agency inside the United States Department of Defense. Their work is collecting, looking at, and giving out geospatial intelligence for national security. It was called the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) from 1996 to 2003.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Seal of the NGA
Flag of the NGA

NGA Campus East, headquarters of the agency
Agency overview
FormedOctober 1, 1996 (1996-10-01) (as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency)
Preceding agency
  • Defense Mapping Agency, Central Imagery Office, and Defense Dissemination Program Office
HeadquartersFort Belvoir, Virginia, U.S.[1]
38°45′12″N 77°11′49″W / 38.7532°N 77.1969°W / 38.7532; -77.1969
Motto"Know the Earth, Show the Way... from Seabed to Space"
EmployeesAbout 14,500[2]
Annual budgetClassified (at least $4.9 billion, as of 2013)[3]
Agency executives
Parent departmentDepartment of Defense

NGA headquarters, also known as NGA Campus East or NCE, is at Fort Belvoir North Area in Springfield, Virginia. The agency also runs major places in the St. Louis, Missouri area (referred to as NGA Campus West or NCW), they also have offices worldwide. The area of the NGA headquarters is 2,300,000 square feet (210,000 m2). It is the third-largest government building in the Washington metropolitan area after The Pentagon and the Ronald Reagan Building.[7]

NGA also helps during natural and man-made disasters, aids in security planning for major events such as the Olympic Games,[8] and gets data on climate change.[9]

The director of the agency is Vice Admiral Frank D. Whitworth III.[5]


  1. "NGA Campus East Fact Sheet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 21, 2014.
  2. "About NGA". National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  3. Gellman, Barton; Greg Miller (August 29, 2013). "U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in 'black budget' summary". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  4. "GSP - GSP".
  5. 5.0 5.1 "United States Navy Flag Officers (Public), June 2022" (PDF). MyNavyHR. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 June 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  6. "About NGA". National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. August 5, 2021. Archived from the original on August 5, 2021.
  7. Serbu, Jared (2011-09-27). "Geospatial intelligence HQ is now DC's 3rd largest federal office building". Federal News Radio. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  8. "About NGA". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014.
  9. Perez, Lisbeth (June 3, 2021). "NGA Crunching Climate Change Data for National Security Decision-Making". MeriTalk. Retrieved June 30, 2021.