Spysat snafu

Of course, this blog is still not Space War Probe, but as the NRO and military experts continue to 'sift through wreckage,' go eyeball Philip Taubman's expose in this week's Sunday New York Times on the ill-fated Future Imagery Architecture program, "perhaps the most spectacular and expensive failure in the 50-year history of American spy satellite projects." What a snafu.

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Meanwhile, on a less dire note, as I've previously reported, there are still enough spy bucks left in the US intelligence coffers to fund
NRO Junior, not for kids and would-be espionage professionals only: an unclassified online training facility where anyone, even government spooks and their favorite contractors, can put together a spy satellite -- ok, it's a jigsaw puzzle -- maneuver a spysat through a maze, build a paper plate satellite puppet, play satellite capsule catch, lots more. Perhaps there's hope for our spy-filled future after all.

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