The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Law and Legal Definition

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that helps in governing the collection of national geospatial intelligence information. Regulations relating to the NGA are codified in 10 USCS prec § 441. The NGA was earlier known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). The following are the objectives of the NGA:

1.To provide geospatial intelligence consisting of the following:

a. Imagery;

b. Imagery intelligence;

c.Geospatial information.

2. To improve means of navigating vessels of the navy and the merchant marine;

3. To prepare and distribute maps, charts, books, and geodetic products;

4. To design, develop, deploy, operate, and maintain systems related to the processing and dissemination of imagery intelligence;


To develop geospatial information that may be transferred to:

a. the armed forces, including any combatant command, component of a combatant command, joint task force, or tactical unit; or

b. any other department or agency of the U.S.