NGA’s Arnold facility, based just outside of St. Louis, is nestled in the charming small town of Arnold, Missouri. This location is a critical component of the agency's mission to provide geospatial intelligence to our nation's leaders. In addition to our cutting-edge technology and world-class facilities, the Arnold area is home to a number of attractions. Just a short drive from our campus, outdoor enthusiasts will love awe-inspiring sites like the Meramec River and the Rockwoods Reservation which offers over 1,800 acres of protected land for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. This family-friendly town boasts one of the finest school districts in the state, numerous wineries, breweries, a variety of shopping and dining experiences, and a diverse group of religious facilities.
Aligned with the community’s rich history, the facility began construction in 1996 to replace NGA’s predecessor agency, Defense Mapping Agency’s, former South Broadway Annex after it was inundated from the 1993 Mississippi River Flood. The initial mission accomplished by the facility was focused on Information Services and included the customer help desk and electronic gateways, the printing of maps and charts and the replication of softcopy products on various media such as CD-ROM and magnetic tape.