Thanks to Google Maps and Google Earth, satellite imagery analysis has become a treasured pastime of armchair generals worlwide. But making extensive use of Google Earth images to construct an entire briefing about the technical effectiveness of missile defense systems in Europe -- featuring radar ranges, earth curvature and all -- that's taking it to the next level.
We can't say whether the plots are meant to be accurate or merely intended to be illustrative. But they sure look cool.
The briefing slides are making the rounds on Capitol Hill and at NATO headquarters in Brussels, we're told. And not for their graphics.
-- Sebastian Sprenger