DigitalGlobe has issued a public response applauding President Bush’s newly released “U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy.” Announced by the White House this morning, the directive orders federal government agencies to rely more heavily on private satellite companies to provide images from space. The new directive states, “The fundamental goal of this policy is to advance and protect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by maintaining the nation’s leadership in remote sensing space activities, and by sustaining and enhancing the U.S. remote sensing industry.” The directive has been under interagency review for one year and replaces the nine-year-old Presidential Decision Directive 23 issued by President Clinton in 1994.
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