The NIMA mission is to provide timely, relevant, and accurate imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information in support of national security objectives. NIMA is responsible for providing support to military operations, defense agencies, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and other Federal Government Agencies on matters concerning imagery and geospatial information relating to national security. NIMA was created by consolidating several agencies into a single entity which requires consolidating several distinct missions into the NIMA mission. Under this mission NIMA is assigned the responsibility to prescribe and mandate standards and end-to-end technical architectures related to imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information for the DoD Components and for non-DoD elements of the Intelligence Community.NIMA is chartered to provide management and operation (collection tasking, imagery analysis and geospatial information production) of the imagery and geospatial services for National customers and for support to military operations, planning, training, and weapons systems. It is to ensure access and dissemination of primary and secondary imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information. NIMA is responsible for the acquisition, design, development, implementation, installation, transition, and sustainment of systems, standards, and technology pertaining to the United States Imagery and Geospatial Information Systems (USIGS) for the imagery, imagery analysis, and geospatial information community. NIMA ensures that imagery intelligence, geospatial information, and other needs for imagery are managed effectively and efficiently in a manner conducive to national security and consistent with the authorities and duties of the Secretary of Defense and the DCI.
The United States Imagery and Geospatial Information System (USIGS) is an umbrella term for the suites of systems formerly called the United States Imagery System (USIS) and the Global Geospatial Information and Services (GGIS). USIGS will be defined by the migration of the former USIS and GGIS architectures, with the goal of common graphical interfaces, and seamless information exchanges. In addition to the former USIS and GGIS framework, USIGS will include new capabilities, and leverage the pre-existing architecture work. USIGS will use the DII/COE C4ISR Architecture Framework, and the Joint Technical Architecture as its baseline.