posted on Jul, 25 2005 @ 08:57 AM
The Open Skies treaty was designed to give signatory nations the opportunity to build trust with one another by allowing nations to overfly and
observe other nations, so that accurate estimates on conventional forces could be obtained.
Not everyone has access to fancy spy satellite data, and this treaty helps build trust by allowing other nations to "browse" our territory for large
and obvious military complexes, bases, and infrastructure.
There are very strict limitations on what kind of equipment can be carried by overflight aircraft, and some advanced planning and notification of
these flights are required.
In contrast, challenge inspections conducted under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) are much more intrusive and hard to deal with from a security
perspective. Open Skies is more or less a pain-in-the-ass type of inspection, that can occasionally screw up a planned test or operation, but they
are no big deal really.
A lot of very interesting information of the subject can be found at the DTIRP home page, located here
, which is
hosted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).