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As of the end of 1997, the United States had cooperative agreements with 76 countries and six multinational organizations covering the operations of 32 active satellites, most often covering the collection of weather data. These agreements are entered into by a number of agencies, with five agencies accounting for 90 percent of the agreements identified for this project: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Mapping Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Forest Service. This report catalogs the agreements and assesses the extent of interagency coordination that take place when agreements are negotiated and signed. Three possible policy actions emerged: rationalizing the terms of and descriptions for international agreements across agencies; creating a central clearinghouse for information on agreements, perhaps using the World Wide Web; and streamlining the available formal coordination process to increase the frequency of its use.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Figures

    Figures and Table

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements


  • Abbreviations

    Abbreviations Used in the Text

  • Chapter One

    Introduction: Agreeing to Cooperate

  • Chapter Two

    An Overview of Remote-Sensing Istas

  • Chapter Three

    Agency Activities and Interagency Coordination

  • Chapter Four

    Policy Actions and Recommendations That Could Improve Interagency Coordination

  • Appendix

    A Catalog of Remote-Sensing Istas

  • A List: Directly Related Agreements

  • B List: Indirectly Related Agreements

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