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- Albert Wheelon : First Director of Science & Technology for the Central Intelligence Agency; Member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and instrumental in the development of U.S. reconnaissance satellites; Member, Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, who was Executive Vice President, Hughes Aircraft Company at the time
- Arms control : Treaties and implementation agreements to restrict the development, production, deployment, or transfer of specified weapons or weapons technologies.
- Atmospheric reentry : The movement of human-made or natural objects as they enter the atmosphere of a planet from outer space, in the case of Earth from an altitude above the 'edge of space.'
- Central Intelligence Agency : The principal civilian intelligence organization of the United States, specializing in all-source intelligence analysis, clandestine human-source intelligence, and covert action.
- Cuban Missile Crisis : Probably the closest the U.S. and Soviet Union came to nuclear war, a confrontation, in October 1962, when Soviet missiles were discovered in Cuba, and eventually removed through a naval show of force and diplomatic maneuvering
- Gulf War : The conflict started by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and ended with the liberation of Kuwait and major damage to Iraqi forces, by a US-led UN coalition in 1991.
- Imagery intelligence : the practice of taking and interpreting visible and infrared light photographs and video, radar imagery, and other ways to form pictures of subjects of interest
- Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident : Commission appointed by President Ronald Reagan whose mission was to investigate the cause of the Challenger disaster and recommend means to avoid future disasters.
- Satellite orbits : The path of a celestial body or an artificial satellite as it revolves around another body.
- Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility : A work area with the administrative, physical, and electronic safeguards to allow proper protection of information or materials under the requirements of a compartmented control system
- Space Race : A competition of space exploration between the United States and Soviet Union, which lasted roughly from 1957 to 1975.
- Space Shuttle Challenger disaster : The disintegration of the Challenger shortly after takeoff on January 28, 1986.