If you have ever wondered how the United States gathers crucial intelligence for military readiness and response, this book is for you. Currently Ukraine and Russia are gold mines of information from wireless transmissions (signals) such as radars and communication systems. One facility in particular, Pine Gap, is critical to to achieving an intelligence advantage by collecting, analysing and reporting these types of signals. In his memoir, David Rosenberg tells you how the United States has done this for over 50 years from the remote outback in Australia. Pine Gap is the first book of its kind - incredibly true stories of what happens within the secure walls of the NSA's most important satellite ground site. The book takes you into the 'nerve center' of Pine Gap - Operations, and exposes the NSA's mission in Australia, a task that required both the United States and Australian governments approval to publish. David is the first to speak out about this type of intelligence collection, providing an insider's account of the eavesdropping mission at Pine Gap and the partnership between the United States and Australia that has made Pine Gap the most important satellite ground site in the Intelligence Community. In 1966, the United States and Australia signed a treaty establishing a jointly-run satellite eavesdropping facility just south of Alice Springs known as Pine Gap. Since Pine Gap's first satellite launch on 19 June 1970, it has operated in a shroud of secrecy, enabling Pine Gap to remain virtually unknown around the world while collecting intelligence on weapons development and real-time communications in support of military operations. In this fascinating exposé into the top-secret world of military surveillance, you will also discover how the fallout of controversies such as the Edward Snowden leaks have made the ethics of government eavesdropping more important than ever.
Pine Gap is the first book to reveal true Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) stories within Operations from an insider's perspective. David held a Top Secret / SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Intelligence) security clearance with the NSA, and he details the types of intelligence collected during the two Iraq wars, the Balkans conflict, and Afghanistan after 9/11 and the War on Terror, as well as many other events that occurred within Operations at Pine Gap.
This is a firsthand account from an NSA intelligence officer of the NSA’s satellite surveillance operation in the field that exposes the NSA's overseas operation in Australia. David is the first insider to speak out about this type of intelligence collection in which he provides details of the eavesdropping mission at Pine Gap and the partnership between the United States and Australia. He includes a chapter on The Ethics Of Government Eavesdropping, an issue that exploded onto mainstream media with the Edward Snowden revelations. Was Snowden justified in releasing classified information? Pine Gap tells you how the NSA works to collect Communications Intelligence ethically and legally.