Strategic Uses of Civilian Satellite Imagery

Strategic Uses of Civilian Satellite Imagery

  • 30 July 1996

This lecture shed light on the exploitation of civilian
satellite imagery for strategic purposes. For states
in the Middle East, exploitation of this capability
would be an enormous strategic asset. Conversely,
understanding how this capability could be used by a
potential rival is a vital precautionary measure.
In the early nineties, Iraq used satellite images
purchased from a commercial provider to help plan
its invasion of Kuwait. A year later, the West European
Union decided to establish its own Satellite Center
(the WSC) to enable it to monitor and verify European
arms control agreements.
In addition to its strategic uses, civilian
satellite imagery is of proven value in monitoring
environmental crises as well as carrying out
environmental surveys.

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Tuesday 30 July 1996

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Tuesday 30 July 1996

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