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Corona : America's First Satellite Program

By Mcdonald, J. Kenneth

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Title: Corona : America's First Satellite Program  
Author: Mcdonald, J. Kenneth
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Since the CORONA satellite made its first successful flight in August 1960, the Intelligence Community’s overhead reconnaissance programs have been among the nation’s most closely guarded secrets. The end of the Cold War, however, has at last made it possible to declassify both information and imagery from the first American satellite systems of the 1960s. To do this, President William Clinton in February of this year ordered the declassification within 18 months of historical intelligence imagery from the early satellite systems known as the CORONA, ARGON, and LANYARD. Because the President’s Executive Order 1295 1 (see appendix) envisions scientific and environmental uses for this satellite imagery, the declassified photographs will be transferred to the National Archives with a copy sent to the US Geological Survey. Vice President Albert Gore, who first urged the Intelligence Community to open up its early imagery for environmental studies, unveiled the first CORONA sateIlite photographs for the American press and public at CIA Headquarters on 24 February 1995.

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Contents PaRe Foreword xi Preface . . . x111 Part I: History of CORONA Program 1 1. Kenneth E. Greer, “Corona,” Studies in Intelligence, Supplement, 17 (Spring 1973): l-37. 3 Part II: The Committee on Overhead Reconnaissance 2. Director of Central Intelligence Directive, Committee on Overhead Reconnaissance (COMOR), 9 August 1960 3. Col. James E. Mahon, JCS to COMOR, ‘Urgent Requirements for CORONA and ARGON,” 18 August 1960 4. James Q. Reber, “List of Highest Priority Targets, USSR,” 18 August 1960 41 43 45 49 5. James Q. Reber, Memorandum of Agreement, “Procedures for the Handling of T-KH Materials,” 22 August 1960 59 6. James Q. Reber, Memorandum for Brig. Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, 63 “Categories of Billets Planned for T-KH Certification,” 26 August 1960 I 7. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Memorandum for the Secretary of State, et al., 26 August 1960 75 8. James Q. Reber, Memorandum for US Intelligence Board Members, 77 “TALENT-KEYHOLE Certification Plans,” 27 August 1960 9. James 0. Reber, “Minutes of COMOR Meeting,” 13 September 1960 79 10. James Q. Reber, Memorandum for US Intelligence Board, 83 “Proposed Expansion of Billets for the Exploitation and Use of TWENT-KEYHOLE Materials and Information,” 14 September 1960 11. James Q. Reber, Memorandum for US Intelligence Board, “Amendment to ‘Proposed Expansion of Billets for the Exploitation and Use of TALENT-KEYHOLE Materials and Information,“’ 14 October 1960 12. Allen W. Dulles, Memorandum for Brig. Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, “Proposed Additional Billets for the TALENT-KEYHOLE Security System,” 19 October 1960 87 93 vii


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