The extensive open literature on NASA covers its overt and unclassified relationships with the national security community in spaceflight and related fields. Only a few works have started to explore the hidden and largely classified interactions among NASA and key national security agencies in these areas. Recently declassified records reveal that these interactions went further and deeper than previously known and involved virtually all of NASA's programs through the years: human spaceflight, application satellites, astronomy, ground support. The reasons are varied: shared interest in many technologies; interreliance on hardware, facilities, and expertise to accomplish missions; a need to restrict certain NASA activities to protect national security; and the extensive national security experience of NASA's leaders.
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