From Trajectory Magazine Feb. 17, 2016 BY Lindsay Tilton Mitchell
Before the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), a small organization by the name of the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) started it all. President Eisenhower created NPIC in 1961 under CIA leadership. The office focused on solving national intelligence problems via photo interpretation and imagery analysis and was a key player in making decisions during the Cuban Missile Crisis and other Cold War events. NPIC became NIMA in 1996.
Little is known about NPIC, which is why author and former NGA Chief Learning Officer Jack O’Connor wrote a book about the organization. Released in September, “NPIC: Seeing the Secrets and Growing the Leaders” explores the center’s history, culture, leadership, and success.
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