Release Number 01-18

 Jan. 25, 2002

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Know the Earth . . . Show the Way
The National Imagery and Mapping Agency today released its first Statement of Strategic Intent. The new document replaces and supersedes the Agency's former Strategic Plan.
NIMA Director James R. Clapper, Lt. Gen. US Air Force (Ret.), said, "This document communicates NIMA's strategic direction to our customers, our work force, our mission partners, our industry, academic and non-profit collaborators, our oversight authorities, and most importantly, to the citizens of the United States."
The document focuses on NIMA's mission to provide timely, relevant, and accurate Geospatial Intelligence in support of national security. "NIMA must capitalize on all forms of what it traditionally categorized as imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial data and information -- now known as Geospatial Intelligence," said Clapper. "It is the analysis and visual representation of security-related activities on the Earth. This new term signals our new vision: Know the Earth...Show the Way."
The hallmark theme is transformation. Specifics of the transformation are outlined in ten strategic goals that constitute the major tenets of the Agency's vision. All of the goals contribute to the Agency's most basic function -- satisfying customers' needs.
The Statement of Strategic Intent also includes information about NIMA's core values. These include a commitment to its customers, to its people and their development, to its diverse culture, and to excellence in all it does.
A copy can be obtained in the NIMA Public Affairs Newsroom at NIMA is a primary member of the National Intelligence Community and a Combat Support Agency in the Department of Defense. The Agency has major facilities in the Washington, D.C, Northern Va., and St. Louis, Mo. areas. In addition, the Agency has representatives with customers around the nation and the world.

Source: NIMA