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1988

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The Opening Skies: Third-Party Imaging Satellites And U.S. Security, Ann Florini Sep 1988

The Opening Skies: Third-Party Imaging Satellites And U.S. Security, Ann Florini

Research Collection School of Social Sciences

Earth observation satellites, long a mainstay of U.S. intelligence-gathering, are now presenting new challenges for U.S. national security. The United States and the Soviet Union have long since reconciled themselves to being spied on by each other from space. Now, however, the advent of imaging satellite systems owned and operated by a variety of third parties, including governments other than the superpowers (France, Canada, the European Space Agency, India, and China) and private companies, is raising new concerns for U.S. peacetime foreign relations and military activities, and for crisis management and war- time operations. These new satellites ...