The secret agreement between Washington and Canberra provides for intensified co-operation and intelligence-sharing in the field of GEOINT - geospatial intelligence derived from imagery and other information obtained from surveillance satellites and reconnaissance aircraft. The agreement, signed by the federal Labor government in February 2008, has been revealed in a secret US embassy cable obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age. ... The lead agencies involved in implementing the agreement are believed to be the Australian Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation at Russell Hill in Canberra and Bendigo in Victoria, and the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency with headquarters at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
The story suggests this agreement set in motion Australian efforts to launch its own imaging satellite, likely to be built and launched in the US.
- The Age