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Intelligence Collection Management

Intelligence Collection Management

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Intelligence collection entails the science and art of gathering information from different sources and means known as the intelligence collection disciplines.
Intelligence collection entails the science and art of gathering information from different sources and means known as the intelligence collection disciplines.

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About Intelligence Collection
By Jeremy TamsettIntelligence collection entails the science and art of gathering information from differentsources and means known as the intelligence collection disciplines. Six of these disciplines with ashort description of each are found below:
 
Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
– involves people on the ground, typically overseas,gathering information from human sources; the National Clandestine Service (NCS) isresponsible for coordination and de-confliction of clandestineHUMINToperationsacross the Intelligence Community
 
Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
– involves intercepted signals from communications andelectronic emissions; the National Security Agency (NSA) is responsible for SIGINTcollection and reporting
 
Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
– information gathered from non-classified, non-secret sources including news media, the internet and commercial databases to name afew; the Open Source Center (OSC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence(ODNI) and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) are the majorcollectors of open-source intelligence
 
Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT)
– involves a highly technical, multi-disciplinary approach to intelligence collection to provide detailed characteristics of targets including radar signatures of aircraft and telemetry of missiles; the Directoratefor MASINT and Technical Collection (DT) at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) isresponsible forMASINT 
 
Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
– involves the collection of information related to theearth from imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information; the NationalGeospatial Agency (NGA) is responsible for geospatial intelligence collectionmanagement
 
Imagery Intelligence (IMINT)
– involves representation of objects reproduced byoptically or by electronic means from a variety of sources including radar, infraredsources and electro-optics; the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) isresponsible for allimagery intelligence collection activities The process of managing and organizing one or more of the six intelligence disciplines above iscalled Intelligence Collection Management. To become an adept intelligence collection manager,

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