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NUMA (National Underwater Marine Agency)
NUMA is the US government's oceanographic agency - a sort of undersea counterpart of NASA, the space agency. NUMA's oceanography research includes marine archaeology, the study of sea life, deep-sea geology and mining, and observations of the effects the oceans have on the climate of the earth - as well as carrying out secret work for the government from time to time.
After retiring from the navy, Admiral James Sandecker was asked to create a government-funded agency dedicated to the research on, around and under the sea. When Sandecker was thinking about the team he'd need to put together, the first person on his list was Dirk Pitt. And when Pitt joined, Al Giordino was swift to follow. In its early days NUMA existed in a rented warehouse with fewer than a dozen staff. Sandecker rapidly built it into a huge organization.
The NUMA building is a thirty-story tubular structure covered in green reflective glass situated above the Potomac River in eastern Washington. Sandecker's office is on the top floor while the lobby is an atrium that boasts waterfalls and aquariums filled with exotic sea life.
Other NUMA Facilities