Using Intelligence Data for Environmental Needs: Balancing National Interests

Using Intelligence Data for Environmental Needs: Balancing National Interests

Using Intelligence Data for Environmental Needs: Balancing National Interests

Using Intelligence Data for Environmental Needs: Balancing National Interests

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With the end of the cold war, there have been numerous efforts to declassify data and programs that may be able to serve other national objectives in a more open setting. In particular, there has been a growing realization that intelligence community data, such as imagery, may be useful to the conduct of other federal missions such as understanding the environment, managing natural resources, and disaster relief.

Policy, legal, technical, and budgetary considerations all play roles in structuring mutually beneficial cooperation in using intelligence community data for environmental purposes unrelated to intelligence objectives. This report defines these considerations for national policymakers and intelligence community managers and examines alternative structures for cooperation in understanding and protecting the earth's environment.

This report should be of interest to members of the intelligence community, federal agencies with environmental responsibilities, and members of academia and industry who may be affected by the greater availability of intelligence data -- particularly imagery -- for nontraditional functions.

This work was conducted within the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center of the National Security Research Division of RAND, a non-profit corporation dedicated to policy analysis and research in the public interest.

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