Inside Pine Gap: The Spy Who Came in from the Desert

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Hardie Grant, Jun 7, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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In 1966, Australia and the US signed a treaty that allowed the establishment of a jointly run satellite tracking station, just south of Alice Springs. For more than 40 years it has operated in a shroud of secrecy and been the target of much public and political controversy. For the first time, a US high-tech spy who worked at Pine Gap for 18 years speaks out to give an insider's account of what happens behind those locked gates in the middle of the Australian desert. The author details his career with anAmerican intelligence agency during a tumultuous period in history that covered the terms of three American Presidents, four Australian Prime Ministers, the end of the Cold War, a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, two wars in Iraq, genocide in Rwanda, as well as the "War against Terror" and the emergence of North Korea as a nuclear-armed nation. This is a fascinating glimpse inside the top-secret world of military surveillance.

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I found this book to be a very interesting read. I actually lost sleep reading it because I couldn't put it down! Sure, it may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you are interested in technology development, radio technology, satellites and a behind the scenes view of the allied forces role throughout the world, you will without a doubt enjoy the read.
The book is more like David is talking to you; written in the first person. This humanises the story, making it easy to relate to.

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About the author (2011)

David Rosenberg served as an American representative at the Joint Defense Facility Pine Gap in Alice Springs for 18 years (1990–2008). His background is in signals intelligence (primarily weapons-related signals such as radars), electronic warfare, and weapons-testing methodologies for various missiles and he has expert knowledge of how intelligence is collected, analyzed, processed, and reported. He became an Australian citizen in 2009, moving to Sydney to be with his new family.

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