Imagery modernization gets boost
- By Dan Verton
- May 15, 2000
Despite the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's $1 billion plan to develop
mapping and digital imagery products for the intelligence community, funding
for NIMA's long-term modernization plan remains "woefully inadequate," according
to a Senate report on the fiscal 2001 intelligence authorization bill.
Although the exact figure remains classified, the Senate Select Committee
on Intelligence recommended several budget increases to boost NIMA's efforts
to modernize the tasking, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TPED)
of imagery intelligence products. The recommendations were made in a classified
annex to a report on the fiscal 2001 intelligence authorization bill, released
NIMA grew out of the merger of the Defense Mapping Agency, the Central
Imagery Office, the National Photographic Interpretation Center and imagery
support offices within the CIA, the Defense Information Agency and the National
The Senate plan would increase funding for the first phase of NIMA's
multibillion-dollar modernization plan.
Phase 1 of TPED covers modernization efforts from fiscal 2001 through
2005, particularly the development of an enhanced imagery system, a future
imagery archive, airborne system upgrades and infrastructure "hooks" into
the world of commercial imagery.
The second and third phases, which cover imagery and architecture integration,
respectively, are scheduled for completion between 2007 and 2009.
The committee also said funding proposed by the Clinton administration
for Phase 1 of TPED modernization is 25 percent of what is required to fund
the most important modernization efforts alone.