NIMA is in the process of a major paradigm shift from a focus on paper products to one on digital information. This movement toward global geospatial information and services (GGIS) will revolutionize the use of earth information in warfare. NIMA will develop a customer-accessible database including point positioning capability, logically seamless terrain and feature data, and logically seamless background imagery from various sensors. It will be variable in resolution, containing worldwide coverage at some constant level of content, accuracy, and density, with integrated patches of higher resolution for selected areas and applications. It will be variable in type, containing vector, raster, gridded, and textual information. Data can be tiled out and packaged for transport with the force, or will be electronically disseminated for rapid updates.