Thursday, October 26, 2006

RESOURCES ON SPACE POLICY

From the Federation of American Scientists

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (formerly NIMA) has produced a revised edition of its "basic doctrine" which generally "explains what geospatial intelligence--or GEOINT--is, how it has evolved and how it contributes to our nation's security." See "Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Basic Doctrine," Publication 1-0, September 2006 (6.2 MB - PDF)

The U.S. Air Force watches the skies by means of the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) system. An introduction to GEODSS, its structure, history and contributions, was prepared by Allen Thomson in A GEODSS Sourcebook (4.2 MB - PDF):

This week the People's Republic of China successfully launched two satellites into orbit. Earlier this month, China issued a white paper on "China's Space Activities in 2006," available here: 13K - PDF

Also see U.S. Claims Right to Control Space

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