If there is no strategic importance in Antarctica, why are a number of nations down there?
(INTELLIHUB) — A C.I.A. released document dated June 1, 1964, titled: “Supplementary Briefing Notes for the Commander, U.S. Naval Support Force, Antarctica” claims that “the Antarctic has no strategic importance,” despite the fact that a number of countries around the world have set up bases on the continent.
However, the document maintains that “U.S. scientific activities in Antarctica are vital” and that there is indeed a worldwide “science race.”
Moreover, the document makes mention of the potential for the soviet development of “missile and satellite tracking” facilities and “orbital bombing” platforms.