America's Space Sentinels: DSP Satellites and National Security

America's Space Sentinels: DSP Satellites and National Security

by Jeffrey T. Richelson
     
 

During much of the Cold War, America's first line of defense was in outer space: a network of secret satellites that could provide instant warning of an enemy missile launch. The presence of these infrared sensors orbiting 22,000 miles above the earth discouraged a Soviet first strike and stabilized international relations between the superpowers, and they now… See more details below

Overview

During much of the Cold War, America's first line of defense was in outer space: a network of secret satellites that could provide instant warning of an enemy missile launch. The presence of these infrared sensors orbiting 22,000 miles above the earth discouraged a Soviet first strike and stabilized international relations between the superpowers, and they now play a crucial role in monitoring the missile programs of China, India, and other emerging nuclear powers. Jeffrey Richelson has written the first comprehensive history of this vital program, tracing its evolution from the late 1950s to the present. He puts Defense Support Program operations in the context of world events - from Russian missile programs to the Gulf War - and explains how DSP's infrared sensors are used to detect meteorites, monitor forest fires, and even gather industrial intelligence by "seeing" the lights of steel mills.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700609420
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Modern War Studies
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.36(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1Bad News Travels Fast1
2MIDAS11
3Vindication33
4Nurrungar and Buckley49
5DSP's First Decade63
6Surviving World War III85
7Slow Walkers, Fast Walkers, and Joggers95
8Evolutionary Developments and Suicidal Lasers123
9Australia, Germany, and New Mexico137
10Desert Storm157
11False Starts177
12The Unwanted Option189
13High Now, Low Later211
14Future Missions223
App. ASpace-Based Infrared Detection of Missiles237
App. BChronology243
App. CSatellite Launch Listing250
Notes251
Bibliographic Essay305
Index309

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