Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) is the interception of signals for the purpose of gathering intelligence.
SIGINT is commonly grouped into three sub-disciplines:
- Communications Intelligence (COMINT) — The interception of communication between people and groups
- Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) — The intercepting of electronic signals which are not specifically used for communication
- Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence (FISINT) — The collection of signals created by the testing and use of foreign weapons systems
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.
SIGINT software tools are used individually to help with specific segments of the intelligence production and reprogramming cycle, or they can be used collectively to assist with the entire process. This plug-and-play functionality makes this software flexible and expandable to address emerging needs. When used as a suite, users experience a common user interface, integrated services and a seamless data exchange between individual tools.
The result should provide an efficient, intuitive and holistic approach to supporting analysts and engineers. SIGNIT software tools also provide support for data collection (characterization, correlation and visualization of data), analyst production (editors and quality assurance), simulation and test (constructing scenarios and visualizing playback), as well as reporting.
The U.S. military also gathers signals intelligence through unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like the Global Hawk and Reaper drones, which are equipped with powerful infrared sensors and cameras, as well as Light and Imaging Detection (LIDAR) and synthetic aperture RADAR systems to gather and transmit back valuable raw intelligence from the operational environment for analysis.
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