Virtual mapping programs have garnered some criticism from those who believe they might be adequate tools for terrorists staking out U.S. landmarks, but there is little the government can do to prevent publication of these images, according to the federal agency that handles satellite photography...Much of the satellite imagery used by such programs comes from international companies over which U.S. agencies have no jurisdiction, he said. The largest U.S.-based satellite imagery companies are Colorado-based Digital Globe and Virginia-based GeoEye. "The rest are all foreign," he said. NGA is instead focused on supporting commercial remote-sensing satellite companies through the purchase of imagery, Burpee said. "Over the last five years, we've got $1.5 billion invested in acquiring imagery and helping [GeoEye and Digital Globe] launch the next generation of commercial satellites."
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