McDonald, Robert A.
1. "Corona, Argon, and Lanyard: A Revolution for US Overhead Reconnaissance." In Corona -- Between the Earth and the Sun: The First NRO Reconnaissance Eye in Space, ed. Robert A. McDonald, 61-74. Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 1997.
2. "Corona: A Success for Space Reconnaissance, a Look into the Cold War, and a Revolution for Intelligence." Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 61, no. 6 (Jun. 1995): 689-720.
McDonald, Robert A. "NRO's Satellite Imaging Reconnaissance: Moving from Cold War Threat to Post-Cold War Challenges." Defense Intelligence Journal 8, no. 1 (Summer 1999): 55-91.
"The post-Cold War era demands that the NRO operate in a world where there are multi-faceted requirements for uninterrupted global imaging reconnaissance of diffuse transnational threats. To accomplish this, the NRO is faced with a dual management challenge: first, to recapitalize its existing capabilities for continued operation in today's threat environment, and second, to plan for and develop innovative solutions to respond to ill-defined threats in a more open world. And the NRO must accomplish these tasks in ways that are responsive to growing fiscal constraints."
McDonald, Robert A. A Selective Bibliography on Imagery Reconnaissance and Related Matters. 3d ed. Washington, DC: Defense Intelligence College, 1987.
McDonald, Robert A., ed. Beyond Expectations -- Building an American National Reconnaissance Capability: Recollections of the Pioneers and Founders of National Reconnaissance. Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2002.
According to Peake, Studies 48.4 (2004), this work brings together the oral histories of individuals identified as Pioneers and Founders for the NRO's 40th anniversary in 2000. Bob Kohler's contribution "is a masterpiece of little details describing monstrous technical and bureaucratic problems during the time when the CIA still played a major role in NRO imagery intelligence. It conveys the sense of the human and technical problems of the day with lessons that those now on duty would do well to remember." This is "a valuable history, well worth the attention of intelligence officers of all stripes."
McDonald, Robert A., ed. Corona -- Between the Earth and the Sun: The First NRO Reconnaissance Eye in Space. Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 1997.
Richelson, IJI&C 11.4, finds that this book "is well-illustrated, both with respect to figures and photographs." While it "is an essential resource" for those conducting research on the history of CORONA, the book has some limitations. For example, the coverage of some topics is often "too short to adequately address the topic covered.... For many, some of the chapters ... will be simply too narrow or technical to be of much interest."
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