Will commercial space imagery policy get a makeover?

The White House will re-examine its current policy toward how the Defense Department and intelligence community use commercial imagery, which if it downplays the importance of using such imagery in a revised policy would likely further dampen the commercial imagery market, reports Colin Clark at AOL Defense blog.

The most likely change to the existing policy would be the language that decreases the U.S. government's reliance "to the maximum practical extent" on commercial remote sensing space capabilities for the imagery needs of military, intelligence, foreign policy, homeland security and civil users, sources told the media outlet.

Such a change to the policy would follow substantial cuts that are being made to the purchase of commercial space imagery by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the story said.

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