Remote Sensing and Global Competitiveness

by Scott Pace

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These remarks were given at the First Annual Symposium on Coupling Technology to National Needs as part of a panel on "Visualization and Communication: Overhead Imagery." Based on the author's involvement with remote sensing policy while at the Department of Commerce from 1990 to 1993, the paper provides a brief overview of U.S. policy and legislation affecting remote sensing, discusses recent developments, and identifies continuing issues for commercial ventures. Sample issues include operating licenses, export controls, government as a customer, and strategic partnerships.

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