The Role of the Defense Mapping Agency Inter American Geodetic Survey (DMA IAGS) in Nation-Building
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The paper discusses whether the operations of the DMA IAGS make a significant contribution to the development of Latin American countries. The DMA IAGS has been in Latin America since 1946 collaborating with Latin American countries in mapping operations. During this time DMA IAGS has guided and partially funded the establishment of thousands of miles of geodetic control, photographed large land areas, school trained over 3600 personnel and produced thousands of topographic maps. The geodetic control, cartographic products, and trained personnel are essential, basic tools for the development of Latin American countries. Highway construction, river navigation, hydroelectric dams, and oil exploration are a few of the projects that are dependent on the topographic capability being established on each country by DMA IAGS.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography