This very readable and comprehensive primer..will appeal to the general reader while offering important insights for students of the larger history of the Cold War as well..Graham and Hansen have made a contribution that every reader should consider.
The adage that 'good things come in small packages' certainly holds true for this book. At first glance, some readers might question whether so slender a volume has substantial value. Within the first dozen pages, however, most will recognize they are holding a real nugget.
(Air Power History
The big topic of this little book naturally raises a host of questions.
For those wishing to know how National Technical Means contributed to the end of the Cold War and to learn about the demands placed on them by the war against terror, Spy Satellites is an excellent place to start.
(Studies in Intelligence
Authors Graham and Hansen have done a superior job of explaining the contributions of intelligence to strategic arms control, the downfall of the Soviet Union, and the continuing contribution to our national security. The book is a tribute to those men and women who toiled long and hard to develop sophisticated collection systems and, likewise, those analysts who turned the collected data into useable intelligence.
Based on three decades of their involvement in the front lines of arms control negotiations, Graham and Hansen are superbly qualified to analyze the critical role of satellites in space and other national technical means in monitoring compliance with arms control treaties. They do that very well in this short and authoritative book that takes the reader on an informative tour of the broad repertoire of treaties that were designed to meet requirements for effective verification and that helped stabilize the U.S.-Soviet confrontation during the Cold War.
(Sidney Drell, Hoover Institution and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center)
I could not imagine two authors better experienced to tell this important story, and to continue to tell it in more detail as declassification permits. Likewise, it is hard to come up with a better example of how good intelligence can generate the transparency which defined U.S. and Soviet stability in the latter part of the twentieth century.
From the Inside Flap
This book focuses instead on the central role that intelligence collection systems play in promoting arms control and disarmament. Graham and Hansen discuss the capabilities of technical systems and shed a much-needed light on the process of verifying how the world harnesses the proliferation of nuclear arms and the continual drive for advancements in technology.