High-resolution imagery data and technology are among the products that may have a dramatic effect on international, foreign policy, commercial, and security issues in the information age. U.S. firms, under a 1994 Presidential Decision Directive, are allowed to compete for a growing international marketplace in remote sensing products, in which they hold a distinct technological lead due to decades of investment by the U.S. government. This CIRA documented briefing presents an in-progress report for research on the marketplace dynamics, including government-industry relations, the strategies of U.S. firms and other entities entering this arena, and international perspectives on and activities in the market. This DB also includes a brief tutorial on remote sensing, including the dual-use nature of remote sensing data and technology.
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