SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) is a broad discipline, and can include intelligence collection from various means including communications intelligence (COMMINT), electronic intelligence (ELINT), Radar and electronic warfare (EW).
SIGINT systems gather information from adversaries’ electronic signals. Analysts then evaluate this raw data from foreign communication systems, radars and weapon systems, and transform it into actionable intelligence. The information generated by these systems offers insight into adversaries’ actions, capabilities, and intentions before they are carried out.
The origins of SIGINT can be traced back to the first world war when British forces began intercepting German radio communications to gain intelligence about their plans. This led to the use of cryptography to conceal the content of radio transmissions, and as such, cryptanalysis became an integral part of SIGINT as well.
But as electronic warfare and wireless technology has evolved, so have approaches to signals intelligence. Automation and artificial intelligence (AI), for example, have greatly improved communications planning and SIGINT capabilities. An automated algorithm detects and identifies signals in sensor data much faster than a highly trained operator.
Signal detection from massive amounts of stored data is like searching for a needle in a haystack. An operator controlled autonomous agent finds incoming signals, automatically determine signal type, and provides an analyst with reasons why a determination was made.
Algorithms help SIGNET systems automates the low-level detection and classification tasks. This frees up military personnel to focus on higher level tactical decision making. This way, the system becomes another team member, with a supervising human in the loop to authorize the appropriate military response.
In addition, through SIGNET automation, a commander can gain an “EM signature picture” of his forces as they are arrayed in the battlespace. This way, he can glean valuable information on his own EM signature and use that information to improve or implement additional passive and active actions to increase survivability.
The responsibilities of a signals intelligence (SIGINT) analyst include examining foreign communications and activity and collating the information by compiling reports on combat, strategy and tactical intelligence, to support Special Operations Task Force and other government agencies.
Using advanced equipment, the SIGINT analyst analyzes intercepted messages and organizes relevant information, identifies operational patterns, and notifies commanders of unusual activity so they can respond appropriately. Other duties include maintaining databases and assisting with placing, camouflaging and retrieving surveillance systems.
Opportunities in this type of position are most prevalent in the military including the Army, Air Force and the National Guard, but there are positions available outside the military as well, such as with technology companies that work with law enforcement and counterintelligence agencies.
Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Training Bootcamp by Tonex
Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Training Bootcamp is a 3-day training course covering all aspects of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) including Communications Intelligence (COMINT), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence (FISINT).
Advanced Network Characterization (ANC), Digital Land Mobile Communication (DLMC), 4G/5G, WiFi, IoT, SATCOM, Radar, UHV/VHF/H, microwave, mmWave and optical signals utilizing the latest technologies and methodologies in the SIGINT field are discussed.
SIGINT involves collecting intelligence from communications and information systems to help protect troops and military operations, national security, fight terrorism, combat international crime and narcotics, support diplomatic negotiations, support allies, and advance many other important national objectives.
Participants will learn about SIGINT and tools to collect SIGINT from various sources, including foreign communications, satellite/space, commercial communication systems, mobile networks, radar and other electronic and communication systems. The instructors will show you what to collect, and how to process, analyze, produce, and disseminate Signals Intelligence information and data for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.
Participants will also learn about advanced techniques and algorithms for collection, network characterization, and analysis across the Radio Frequency Spectrum for the purpose of supporting Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze and Disseminate (F3EAD).
Communication is an important part of everyday life — especially when it comes to leading a country. World leaders communicate with their people in a variety of ways. All of these forms of communication emit a signal that can be collected. The information gathered from these intercepted signals is of vital importance to national security.
After completing the SIGINT training bootcamp, participants will:
Discuss the basic and advanced SIGINT principles
Discuss strategies for safeguarding SIGINT approaches
Define the roles and responsibilities that support SIGINT environments
Conduct gap analysis between SIGINT baseline and best practices
Get familiar with RF theory, antenna principles, antenna types and characteristics
Tools to predict system performance via link budgets and detection theory.
Learn about Interferometers and adaptive digital beamforming
Evaluate detection concepts and principles of link budgets
Evaluate and implement advanced signal processing techniques
Analyze, assess, and optimize propagation effects and models for challenging environments
Integrate receiver architectures and modern digital signal processing hardware/software
Explain principles behind Software Defined Radio (SDR)
Evaluate and implement the security controls necessary to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) in SIGINT environments
Who Should Attend
SIGINT training course is designed for hardware and software engineers, analysts, scientists, project managers, military intelligence professionals, and anyone else who wants to learn about the SIGINT.
This 3-day interactive SIGINT Training Course is structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, workshops and hands-on exercises led by highly knowledgeable and engaging instructors.
Course Agenda and Topics
What is signals intelligence (SIGINT)?
Principles behind Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
ISR intelligence architectures
Component of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications
Image intelligence (IMINT), signals intelligence (SIGINT), and measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT) collection systems
Collection and exploitation of signals transmitted from various communication systems, radars, and weapon systems
Electronic order of battle
Electronic signals intelligence
SIGINT and MASINT
SIGINT and Electronic Warfare (EW)
Elements of SIGINT
Communications Intelligence (COMINT)
Technical and intelligence information derived from intercept of foreign communications
Electronic Intelligence (ELINT)
Information collected from systems such as radars and other weapons systems