The timely and sensitive considerations at work in the deconfliction of these competing requests provides insight into the challenges of maintaining such varied partnerships, as well as the valued role of the United States as a leader in what would come to be known as GEOINT.
Read the Action Memorandum from the Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs (Richard Burt) to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Lawrence Eagleburger), dated April 30, 1982, that decided how to deconflict LANDSAT requests from both Argentina and the UK.
As background, read the April 6, 1982, Memorandum from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (Francis “Bing” West) to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger providing a summary report of the intelligence, communications and logistics support the United States routinely provided to Argentina and the U.K. at the start of the Falklands War.
Also of interest, read the Telegram from the Central Intelligence Agency, sent April 12, 1982 – just ten days into the conflict, outlining the views of the Argentine Government. This document is an example of the reports being received by the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC), an NGA predecessor organization, as the situation in the Falkland Islands unfolded.
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