NIMA turns to contractors

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency is increasingly relying on contractors to supply both employees and technology, and contractors will soon outnumber government workers at the agency, according to its director, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper Jr.

"We heavily depend on the contractor work force to be the priority end of our stick," Clapper said at a NIMA Industry Day at the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington last month.

About 500 vendors attended the conference because Clapper is conducting industry outreach to boost his work force. This is in response to demands from defense and intelligence customers, as well as new customers in the Homeland Security Department.

Clapper said NIMA has more than $105 million to spend in fiscal 2003 on commercial imagery, an increase from $35 million last year.


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