Very Good in Very Good jacket. 0700609423 Dust jacket condition: Very Good. Solid retired library book with usual library markings; else VG. Text free of underlining, writing and highlighting. Overall, a very nice clean copy. Book Description During much of the Cold War, America's first line of defense was in outer space: a network of secret satellites that could provide instant warning of an enemy missile launch. The presence of these infrared sensors orbiting 22, 000 miles above the earth discouraged a Soviet first strike and stabilized international relations between the superpowers, and they now play a crucial role in monitoring the missile programs of China, India, and other emerging nuclear powers. Jeffrey Richelson has written the first comprehensive history of this vital program, tracing its evolution from the late 1950s to me present. He puts Defense Support Program operations in the context of world events--from Russian missile programs to the Gulf War--and explains how DSP's infrared sensors are used to detect meteorites, monitor forest fires, and even gather industrial intelligence by "seeing" the lights of steel mills. These satellites, reveals Richelson, detected Iran's test-firing, of a new missile in 1998 and even provided clues to the TWA 800 disaster. Drawing on many previously classified documents and on interviews with key participants, Richelson provides a wealth of new information: the use of DSP for detecting intermediate-range missiles, false alarms generated following the attempted assassination of President Reagan, the controversial U.S. -Australian DSP partnership, and the role of DSP in Desert Storm. He describes the "Slow Walker" and "Fast Walker" programs used to detect aircraft for the U.S. Navy and spacecraft for the Air Force Space Command. And he offers insights into the battle over what kind of system will eventually replace DSP. 350 pages.
Very Good plus in Near Fine jacket. 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches. Pages are clean, no markings from previous owners. Boards are clean. Binding is square and tight. Faint wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Text block is lightly foxed on top edge, otherwise clean. Dust jacket is clean, bright, and unmarked with slight edgewear. PICTURES PROVIDED UPON REQUEST.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 0700609423. Hardcover with dustjacket, first printing as indicated by the publisher's "1" in the number line on copyright page, book and jacket are in as new condition and a professional (removable) mylar cover is included, "During much of the Cold War, America's first line of defense was in outer space: a network of secret satellites that could provide instant warning of an enemy missile launch, " illustrated; 329 pages.
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