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October 21, 2014

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Agency’s key role in search for plane

President Barack Obama recently said all possible U.S. resources are galvanized to determine what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 aircraft. The FBI and National Transportation Safety Board are assisting in the investigation.

The agency not mentioned and likely, with Australian counterparts, the one that discovered debris off the coast of Australia, possibly the plane’s wing wreckage, is the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The NGA is responsible for command, control, communications and intelligence of satellites orbiting the earth. The agency tracks and collects data and imagery in support of U.S. military, civilian and defense intelligence missions.

The satellites can read the numbers and letters of a vehicle license plate at 25,000 feet with 100 percent accuracy.

If and when the remains of the Boeing 777 are found, it will be in large part due to the efforts of the NGA working in concert with other civilian/government authorities to find the aircraft and solve the mysterious case of its disappearance.

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