Introduction to Imagery Intelligence (IMINT)

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The aim of this one-month course is to provide foundation training for the analysis of imagery in areas related to defence and security. The course is designed for attendees with little or no background in imagery analysis and provides training in remote-sensing, imagery exploitation using ArcGIS software, imagery interpretation techniques and imagery analysis of strategic infrastructures and military forces.

Theory lesson is supported with practical exercises to develop imagery analysis skills and to enable course attendees to create appropriate imagery intelligence (IMINT) products to support political and military decision makers at operational and strategic levels.

Course objectives:

At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the role of IMINT in the defence and security domain.
  • Have background knowledge in remote-sensing including platforms, sensors and imagery.
  • Have a working knowledge of imagery exploitation routines using ArcGIS software.
  • Use imagery to assess and report the composition and capacity of strategic infrastructures.
  • Use imagery to analyse and report significant features and activity at strategic infrastructures.
  • Have background knowledge in the structures of air, ground, naval and missile forces.
  • Use imagery to assess and report the composition and capability of military forces.
  • Use imagery to analyse and report significant features and activity at military installations.
  • Use imagery to analyse and report on the status and activity of deployed military forces.
  • Create rapid IMINT products to support political and military decision makers.
  • Work within an analyst team and as an individual imagery analyst.

 

Course prerequisites for attendees:

  • Attendees must be proficient in the English language.
  • Attendees must have an EU SECRET security clearance.

 

IMINT I: Module 1 (36 hours)

Module 1 provides background information on remote-sensing, including imaging platforms, sensors and types of imagery. The module also provides imagery interpretation techniques and training in the use of ArcGIS imagery exploitation software.

IMINT II: Module 2 (36 hours)

Module 2 concentrates on the analysis of strategic infrastructures including airfields, ports and harbours, line of communication, urban areas, electronic facilities, electrical power production and strategic fabrications industries and their associated storage and transhipment facilities. The analysis of IDP and refugee camps and terrain analysis is also covered.

IMINT III: Module 3 (36 hours)

Module 3 is concerned with the analysis of military forces, including the structures of air, ground, naval and missile forces, military installations and deployed military forces.

IMINT IV: Modules 4 (36 hours)

Module 4 combines the information learnt in Modules 1, 2 and 3 and contains several imagery analysis exercises for the production of a variety of IMINT products to support political and military decision makers at operational and strategic levels. Each attendee performs as individual imagery analyst and also form part of an imagery analyst team working on exercise tasks to a fixed deadline.

Eligibility criteria and fees

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