Eyes in Sky: Eisenhower, The CIA and Cold War Aerial Espionage

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Dino A. Brugioni, author of the best-selling account of the Cuban Missile crisis, Eyeball to Eyeball, draws on his long CIA career as one of the world's premier experts on aerial reconnaissance to provide the inside story of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's efforts to use spy planes and satellites to gather intelligence. He reveals Eisenhower to be a hands-on president who, contrary to popular belief, took an active role in assuring that the latest technology was used to gather aerial intelligence. This ...
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Dino A. Brugioni, author of the best-selling account of the Cuban Missile crisis, Eyeball to Eyeball, draws on his long CIA career as one of the world's premier experts on aerial reconnaissance to provide the inside story of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's efforts to use spy planes and satellites to gather intelligence. He reveals Eisenhower to be a hands-on president who, contrary to popular belief, took an active role in assuring that the latest technology was used to gather aerial intelligence. This previously untold story of the secret Cold War program makes full use of the author's firsthand knowledge of the program and of information he gained from interviews with important participants. As a founder and senior officer of the CIA's National Photographic Interpretation Center, Brugioni was a key player in keeping Eisenhower informed of developments, and he sheds new light on the president's contributions toward building an effective and technologically advanced intelligence organization.

The book provides details of the president's backing of the U-2's development and its use to dispel the bomber gap and to provide data on Soviet missile and nuclear efforts and to deal with crises in the Suez, Lebanon, Chinese Off Shore Islands, Tibet, Indonesia, East Germany, and elsewhere. Brugioni offers new information about Eisenhower's order of U-2 flights over Malta, Cyprus, Toulon, and Israel and subsequent warnings to the British, French, and Israelis that the U.S. would not support an invasion of Egypt. He notes that the president also backed the development of the CORONA photographic satellite, which eventually proved the missile gap with the Soviet Union didn't exist, and a variety of other satellite systems that detected and monitored problems around the world. The unsung reconnaissance roles played by Jimmy Doolittle and Edwin Land are also highlighted in this revealing study of Cold War espionage.

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Library Journal
Drawing on his years as a CIA expert on aerial reconnaissance, Brugioni tells the story of Cold War intelligence gathering by airplane and satellite. His firsthand knowledge of dozens of once-classified programs will be invaluable to students of the field who have a high tolerance for a dense, detailed narrative. A valuable source, not only on well-known programs (e.g., U-2 flights) but many lesser-known ones that changed the course of the Cold War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591140825
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 572
  • Sales rank: 810,359
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Dino A. Brugioni is a retired CIA analyst and worked as one of the founders of the National Photographic Interpretation Center established by the agency in 1955. In that capacity he served as Senior Officer and briefed Presidents from Eisenhower through Ford. He was involved in the exploitation of U-2, SR-71, and satellite imagery, and discovered and analyzed World War II aerial photography taken of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. He is the author of the bestseller, Eyeball to Eyeball. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA
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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

one The Beginning 1

Two The Awakening 43

Three Cold War Overflights 65

Four Allen Dulles Becomes CIA Director 78

Five The Awakening of Science as an Intelligence Collector 90

Six Under Way 113

Seven 1955: Year of Transition to Technology 126

Eight The U-2 Missions Begin 146

Nine Suez, Little Rock, Hungary, and the Black Knight Flights 172

Ten The Technological Capabilities Panel 197

Eleven The U-2 Flights Resume 227

Twelve Tactical Use of the U-2 and Related Technical Developments 260

Thirteen The Missile Gap and the Gary Powers Flight 327

Fourteen The Corona Program Gets Under Way 361

Fifteen The Missile Gap Is Solved 387

Sixteen Epilogue 392

Notes 423

Index 451

About the Author 465

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