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NGA's Mission

Our Mission

We provide GEOINT for our nation’s security.

Our Vision

Know the Earth…Show the Way…Understand the World.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has a responsibility to provide the products and services that decision makers, military service members, and first responders need, when they need it most. As a member of the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense, NGA supports a unique mission set. We are committed to acquiring, developing and maintaining the proper technology, people and processes that will enable overall mission success.

Geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. GEOINT consists of imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial information.

Military members and partners seeking information on accessing NGA’s products and services should visit the Products & Services Section.

What We Do

Strategic Intelligence

NGA provides GEOINT that allows the president and national policymakers to make crucial decisions on counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, global political crises and more.

Warfighter Support

NGA enables the Department of Defense to plan missions, gain battlefield superiority, precisely target the adversary and protect our military forces.

Indications & Warning

NGA focuses on global hot spots and provides timely warnings to our military service members and national decision-makers by monitoring, analyzing and reporting imminent threats.

Safety of Navigation

NGA provides and maintains the maps, charts and publications for navigation in the air and on the seas with the most current information for U.S. military forces and global transport networks.

Foundation Data

Foundation data — including topographic, elevation and terrain, land cover, and geodetic information — helps us describe the world in which we live. NGA leads the Department of Defense and intelligence community in the production, procurement, assessment and cataloging of geospatial data.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

NGA supports federal agencies’ — such as the Department of State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency — response to humanitarian and disaster relief missions. 

Special Event Planning

When requested, NGA supports planning for special events such as presidential inaugurations, state visits by foreign leaders, international conferences and major public events (e.g., Olympics, Super Bowl). 

Homeland Defense

NGA provides vital GEOINT that contributes to counterterrorism, counternarcotics, and border and transportation security efforts.