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Day 2: Oct. 16, 1962

An image of a ring range finder

NPIC analysts used their expertise in nuclear missiles and launch platforms to determine the radius of the threat posed by the missiles in Cuba. This map depicts the reach of the Soviet’s medium-range ballistic missiles newly installed in Cuba and the threat presented to the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The range of the newly discovered missiles and the risk they posed to U.S. national security became a primary concern of the Kennedy administration.

NGA analysts and the geospatial intelligence products they produce continue to define for national leaders the threats posed by potential adversaries. GEOINT provides context for understanding the world.