Agency changes name

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency changed its name to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to better reflect its intelligence capabilities. The change was mandated in the 2004 Defense Authorization Act. The agency's Web site is

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, NIMA accelerated its work to create a new discipline of geospatial intelligence. The discipline combines analytical areas such as cartography, geospatial analysis, imagery analysis, marine analysis and aeronautical analysis.

NGA is a national intelligence agency and a combat support agency.

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