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Spy CapitalismITEK and the CIA$
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Jonathan E. Lewis

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091922

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091922.001.0001

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Corporation X

Corporation X

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Spy Capitalism

Jonathan E. Lewis

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how the CIA had failed successfully to develop even a handful of spies within the Soviet Union. Using people to monitor bases was simply not possible. In desperation, Ike approved a stopgap measure. It was a spy plane called the U-2, and it penetrated the Soviet air space for the first time. By the end of World War II, the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation had become a major contractor for the Pentagon. Rockefeller's investment in the Nuclear Development Corporation was a direct result of Strauss's influence and interests. The proposals for Corporation X made clear that in its early stages, the company would build equipment that would process intelligence. But in the proposal, there was no suggestion that Corporation X would process intelligence about Soviet military capabilities obtained from spy satellites.

Keywords:   CIA, spies, Soviet Union, U-2, Soviet air space, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, Corporation X, spy satellites

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