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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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Expanding Interaction in Old and New Areas

Expanding Interaction in Old and New Areas

(p.68) Chapter 3 Expanding Interaction in Old and New Areas
Spies and Shuttles

James E. David

University Press of Florida

NASA increased its close ties during the Apollo era in many areas other than foreign intelligence. It continued to be involved in developing cover stories for other reconnaissance vehicles, although it took no public role as it had with the U-2. DoD missile tests and on-orbit satellites received extensive unclassified and classified support from NASA's command and control networks. NASA successfully opposed the DoD's efforts to consolidate the separate civilian and defense networks. Joint weather and geodetic satellite programs were created under NASA management to meet all civilian and national security requirements. The former was short lived, but NASA's own program provided important weather data to U.S. operating forces, particularly in Southeast Asia. The joint geodetic satellite program, which acquired scientific data to help improve the accuracy of long-range missiles, lasted from 1964 to 1970 in spite of classification conflicts.

Keywords:   NASA, cover stories, national security, satellite control, weather satellites, geodetic satellites

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