Inside Pine Gap: The Spy Who Came in from the Desert

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In 1966, Australia and the US signed a treaty that allowed the establishment of a jointly run satellite tracking station, just south of Alice Springs. For more than 40 years it has operated in a shroud of secrecy and been the target of much public and political controversy. For the first time, a US high-tech spy who worked at Pine Gap for 18 years speaks out to give an insider's account of what happens behind those locked gates in the middle of the Australian desert. The author details his career with an ...

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Overview

In 1966, Australia and the US signed a treaty that allowed the establishment of a jointly run satellite tracking station, just south of Alice Springs. For more than 40 years it has operated in a shroud of secrecy and been the target of much public and political controversy. For the first time, a US high-tech spy who worked at Pine Gap for 18 years speaks out to give an insider's account of what happens behind those locked gates in the middle of the Australian desert. The author details his career with an American intelligence agency during a tumultuous period in history that covered the terms of three American Presidents, four Australian Prime Ministers, the end of the Cold War, a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, two wars in Iraq, genocide in Rwanda, as well as the "War against Terror" and the emergence of North Korea as a nuclear-armed nation. This is a fascinating glimpse inside the top-secret world of military surveillance.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781742701738
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rosenberg served as an American representative at the Joint Defense Facility Pine Gap in Alice Springs for 18 years (1990–2008). His background is in signals intelligence (primarily weapons-related signals such as radars), electronic warfare, and weapons-testing methodologies for various missiles and he has expert knowledge of how intelligence is collected, analyzed, processed, and reported. He became an Australian citizen in 2009, moving to Sydney to be with his new family.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Narrowing the Gap xvii

Part I Getting In

1 Who Am I? 3

2 The New Recruit 19

3 The Mission 35

4 On the Other Side of the World 49

Part II Getting Down to Business

5 George Hw Bush (1989-92): Operation Desert Storm; the end of the Cold War 65

6 Bill Clinton (1993-2000): Somalia; Russia; Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo; Al-Qaeda 77

7 George W Bush (2001-08): China; Afghanistan and the War on Terror; Iraq; North Korea 97

8 Career's End/Going Native 119

Part III Getting Around

9 No Town Like Alice 129

10 Protests and Aliens 143

Part IV Getting Out

11 The Singer and the Spy 153

12 Time to Leave 159

Epilogue: Beyond the Agency 167

Afterword 177

Appendix A The Pre-publication Review Board (PRB) 185

Appendix B fine intelligence community 189

Appendix C Offer of employment from the CIA 191

Appendix D Offer of employment from the NSA 193

Appendix E Some United States Government employee overseas benefits at Pine Gap (1990-2008) 195

Glossary 199

Notes 203

Select Bibliography 211

Acknowledgements 213

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