Adding passive sensors like OSINT and discoverable big-data analysis of existing HUMINT, SIGINT, GEOINT, and MASINT
data may rapidly answer a customer perceived problem absent the need for additional collection to a confidence level sufficient to justify not retasking the asset.
These integrated disciplines should include at a minimum SIGINT, human intelligence (HUMINT), geospatial intelligence (gEOINT), MASINT
, and even open source intelligence (OSINT) to understand the problem and provide actionable intelligence to warfighters.
Under cover of joint operations with host governments, pursuing narco-terrorists, or interdicting drugs or arms traffickers, American air support will be secretly mapping terrain and acquiring GPS coordinates, as they air-drop MASINT
sensors across the countryside.
As illustrated in the Table, not only are there many kinds of airborne ISR sensor types (IMINT, SIGINT, and MASINT
, etc.), but also many different mission sets, instantiations (satellites, manned aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles), and levels of focus characterize the individual sensors.
); open-source intelligence (OSINT); technical
* Measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT
), which includes nuclear, acoustic, or spectral data used to detect the presence or characteristics of a target.
DIA directs and manages Department of Defense intelligence collection requirements for the various intelligence collection disciplines such as human intelligence, measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT
), imagery intelligence (IMINT), and signals intelligence (SIGINT).
* Measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT
) is not sufficiently developed.
Site exploitation and forensic-evidence collection depend on the thorough collection of technical intelligence (TECHINT) and measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT
* Unattended transient acoustic MASINT
[Measurement & Signal Intelligence] sensor;
Land and Joint Systems Division provides Joint, Army, Navy, Air Force and Government security agencies with the most advanced integrated C4ISR solutions to guarantee information dominance for both Homeland Defense and Out-Of-Area-Operations: Multi-source intelligence gathering, analysis and presentation (COMINT, ELINT, MASINT
, IMINT, OSINT and HUMINT); Data fusion and intelligence dissemination tools; Operational information systems and CCIS, with targeting capabilities; and Offensive EW, information and telecommunications systems.
Think of what we have right now in our information gathering arsenal: JSTARS (Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System) and Rivet Joint; U-2s, Global Hawks, Predators, imagery of every conceivable kind--hyperspectral and infrared; Synthetic Aperture Radar; Humint, Sigint, Masint
(Human Intelligence, Signal Intelligence, Measurement and Signatures Intelligence) and; the combat reports of all those dust-covered military personnel reporting over a list of different communications paths as long as my arm.