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Spies and ShuttlesNASA's Secret Relationships with the DoD and CIA$
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James E. David

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049991

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049991.001.0001

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Forging Close Ties in NASA’s Early Years

Forging Close Ties in NASA’s Early Years

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(p.13) Chapter 1 Forging Close Ties in NASA’s Early Years
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Spies and Shuttles
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James E. David

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049991.003.0002

NASA developed extremely close ties with the national security community in several areas during its early years. It played an active and public role in the U-2 cover story until the shoot down of Gary Powers’ aircraft in May 1960. NASA cooperated closely with the DoD in establishing separate command and control networks for satellites and in acquiring and disseminating space surveillance data. It regularly received intelligence on the Soviet space program from the CIA and discussed but did not implement measures to share its expertise with the intelligence agencies in analyzing the program. In the first case of national security affecting a NASA program, the CIA and other agencies unsuccessfully attempted to delay the launch of the Tiros weather satellites and to prohibit imaging of the Sino-Soviet bloc. As a solution, for a short time several security agencies previewed the satellite photographs before authorizing their public release by NASA.

Keywords:   NASA, CIA, DoD, U-2, weather satellites, foreign intelligence, surveillance, Tiros, Sino-Soviet bloc, Gary Powers

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