Problems of verifying an Arms Limitation Treaty
Having explored what imaging satellites could do in the last chapter, let’s look at how those images can be turned into information for verifying arms treaties. Satellites are not the only source of information used for this purpose, so the radars and eavesdropping facilities that complement the satellites are briefly described. Then we discuss what the early satellite flights found—and what they couldn’t find. They may have prevented nuclear war, but short, sharp engagements like the Arab—Israeli Six-Day War are some of the examples used to illustrate their limitations. Finally, we come to the dark side of spy satellites—they helped create political stability, but they were also a fountain of information for choosing the targets for the nuclear bombers and missiles that threatened that stability. Let’s start with some history.
KeywordsImaging Satellite Early Satellite Aerospace Technology Political Stability Dark Side
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