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Spy Capitalism: ITEK and the CIA

Jonathan E. Lewis


What happens when the world of venture capitalism collides with the world of espionage? The answer lies inside the executive suite at Itek Corporation during the Cold War years from 1957 to 1965. Itek was manufacturing the world's most sophisticated satellite reconnaissance cameras, and the information these cameras provided about Soviet missiles and military activity was critical to U.S. security. This work examines, in detail, the challenges Itek faced not only as a contractor for the most important national security program of the time—the CIA's Project CORONA spy satellite—but also as a st ... More

Keywords: venture capitalism, espionage, Itek Corporation, Cold War, CIA, American intelligence, business history, management studies, secrecy, patriotism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300091922
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300091922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan E. Lewis, author