Intelligence Agencies Pushed to Use More Commercial Satellites


The picture was far more detailed than commercial satellite pictures of the same site. In some quarters of the intelligence agencies, those lagging commercial capabilities have dampened enthusiasm for pushing forward with more private-sector contracts. The Senate version of this year’s Intelligence Authorization Act contains provisions to increase spending on commercial satellite programs. While the leadership of intelligence agencies is on board, there is still reluctance in some corners of the agencies to embrace commercial technology, according to congressional aides. Current and former congressional officials acknowledge the government still design and operate the most exquisite and innovative intelligence technology.