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By David Christopher Arnold

On August 14, 1960, a revolution quietly happened within the reconnaissance functions of the US. whilst the Air strength C-119 Flying Boxcar Pelican 9 stuck a bucket strolling back from area with movie from a satellite tv for pc, the yankee intelligence neighborhood won entry to formerly denied information regarding the Soviet Union. The Corona reconnaissance satellite tv for pc missions that lifted the veil of secrecy from the communist bloc, revealing, between different issues, that no “Missile hole” existed.

This revolution in army intelligence couldn't have happened with no the improvement of the command and keep an eye on structures that made the gap Race attainable. In Spying from Space, David Christopher Arnold tells the tale of ways army officials and civilian contractors outfitted the Air strength satellite tv for pc regulate Facility (AFSCF) to aid the nationwide Reconnaissance software. The AFSCF additionally had a distinct dating with the nationwide Reconnaissance workplace, a mystery association that the U.S. govt formally hid as past due because the Nineteen Nineties. like several huge know-how method, the AFSCF advanced as a result interplay of people with know-how and with every one other.

Spying from Space fills a spot in house historical past via telling the tale of the command and regulate structures that made rockets and satellites beneficial. these attracted to house flight or intelligence efforts will make the most of this revealing check out a little-known element of yankee fulfillment. these thinking about how huge, advanced companies paintings also will locate this an fascinating examine of inter-service rivalries and clashes among army and civilian cultures.

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