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Tim Brown

Tim Brown is a Senior Fellow at GlobalSecurity.org specializing in commercial satellite imagery, and is responsible for imagery analysis and interpretation. Tim produces the image of the week, which focuses on high visability current events using high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery. Tim has located nuclear, biological, chemical and missile facilities, in Russia, China, North Korea, India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, as well as general military facilities in other countries.


Tim is a Senior Associate at Pike Consultants, LLC. He has appeared on ABC World News, Nightline, CNN, FOX News, the BBC, National Public Radio, the History Channel, the Learning Channel, and the Discovery Channel and has been frequently quoted in magazines and newspapers, on defense and intelligence matters.


Prior to joining GlobalSecurity.org, Brown was a Security Analyst working on the Public Eye project at the Federation of American Scientists. While with FAS, Tim worked for three years exploiting declassified CORONA satellite imagery of the Soviet Union, China and North Korea, as well as the newly available IKONOS 1-meter imagery from Space Imaging Corp.


Before coming to FAS he was the Warren Brooks fellow at the Cato Institute studying environmental issues. Brown graduated from the American University in 1990 with a degree in International Service and concentrations in national security, foreign policy and intelligence. He has written extensively on the use and limits of commercial imaging satellites for arms control and regional security.

New Analysis of North Korean Missile

Who needs satellite images when you have ground truth? A close-up view of the North Korean long-range rocket and its new missile launch facility. Figure 1. The Unha-3 space vehicle on the launch pad as of April 8, 2012 Globalsecurity.org Photo credit: David Guttenfelder,...

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New Imagery shows North Korean Launch Site Ready

New satellite imagery shows the recently finished launch site where North Korea plans to place a satellite into orbit. The upcoming satellite launch is to mark the 100th anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung's birth, in defiance of a newly signed deal to suspend nuclear...

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The Hunt for the Unha-2

It's the stuff of Tom Clancy novels, except it is probably really happening. A US submarine is probably searching the Pacific ocean floor for pieces of an ill-fated North Korean missile. The American people will probably never learn about it in our life time. And...

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The Meaning of the North Korean Missile Launch

Musudan-ri, the small missile test pad, located on an isolated portion of North Korea's Northeast coast is one of the most photographed "secret" facilities in the world. A sparrow does not fall to the ground there without notice. It is now the focus of unprecedented...

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