SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) is intelligence derived from electronic signals and systems used by foreign targets.
These targets include everything from communications systems to radars and weapons systems. SIGINT provides a vital window for the U.S. military into foreign adversaries’ capabilities, actions and intentions.
One area of extreme importance is the National Security Agency’s (NSA) SIGINT mission for gathering information about international terrorists and foreign powers, organizations or persons.
Intelligence-driven decision-making is at the heart of daily operations and strategic planning for modern militaries and intelligence agencies, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) is a big part of what makes it possible.
Three Parts of SIGINT
SIGINT is divided into three sub-disciplines:
- Communications Intelligence (COMINT) which is the interception of communication between people and groups
- Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) which is the intercepting of electronic signals which are not specifically used for communication
- Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence (FISINT) which is the collection of signals created by the testing and use of foreign weapons systems.
There is some overlap between SIGINT and electronic warfare (EW) because the systems and equipment used for EW can simultaneously collect intelligence.
While EW is more focused on immediate threats in the operational environment, much of the data obtained can be used to enhance raw signals intelligence and SIGINT decision-making.
EW can detect the source of an electromagnetic signal, the type of equipment generating that signal, and relevant data like frequency, modulation.
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