12 September 2012
Declassifying the Space Race
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:49:34 -0400
From: IntelForum Mailing List
Subject: [Intelforum] Two-part article featuring documentation on the Space
Race appearing in print
Thought I would post this latest news to the forum here about my research
efforts in regards to publication on the subject of the US Intelligence
Communitys Cold War knowledge.
A two-part article serial by me is appearing in the September and October
2012 issues of
America, a magazine published by the AIAA here in the States (Washington,
DC area). Part 1 is out now; Part 2 will appear in the first week of October.
Its title is Declassifying the Space Race. Both parts are illustrated
with photographs and diagrams (and a Soviet poster or two). And part 2 even
has a facsimile of page excerpts from an NSA ELINT report, with its original
classification stamping intactTop Secret Zarf Umbra.
Some highlights include, in theme, and example:
a) Recently declassified materials (a substantive proportion released in
late 2011, as well as of 2012 vintage) that bring attention to some of the
equipment used, as well as some first glimpses as to what information
that equipment was able to capture;
b) As space exploration and rocketry launches advanced in the USSR, increasingly
potent US surveillance capabilities provided unprecedented levels of detail,
via remote observations of Soviet activities and assets (my article serial
concentrates on the remote observational thingsI do not feature materials
acquired otherwise, like HUMINT or in situ communications tapping);
c) An examination of the characteristics of the data that was captured by
US eavesdropping systems (how good was it?), as well as what information
actually reached US policy makers, such as the President, and what that
contemporaneous information (as events were taking place) imparted to the
President encompassed (answering the question, how accurately were the analysts
interpreting what was happening?);
d) Materials featured include RADINT, ELINT (old-style definition, meaning
telemetry intercepts), PHOTINT, and with one satellite system, infrared-based
e) Featured information was acquired/sourced from CIA, NSA, NASIC, NRO, US
Navy, and General Electric; indeed, two intelligence document familiesboth
generated on a daily basishave materials appearing in my two-part article
for the first time in print.
Most major university libraries carry the Aerospace America periodical,
for those who wish to read the article serial directly.