The threat, the conventional balance and arms control: the emerging alternative view in Europe

by Richard Bitzinger

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In August 1988, the author attended a conference held in Kiruna, Sweden, on the subject of "Independent Arms Verification and Crisis Monitoring from Space." The conference examined the possibilities, problems, and limitations of utilizing civil (i.e., nonmilitary) satellites for national security- and arms control-related research. This paper lays out the key points of the conference, including an interesting "hands-on" workshop in using civil satellite imagery for national security research. Finally, it discusses the prospects for using SPOT and LANDSAT civil reconnaissance satellites in support of defense and arms control research.

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