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Fundamentals of Communications Intelligence (COMINT) Training by Tonex

COMINT (Communications Intelligence) is part of a larger type of intelligence called “Signals Intelligence (SIGINT),” which is intelligence gathered through the interception of signals.

Aside from COMINT, SIGINT also includes Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), a type of intelligence gained from intercepting electronic signals that are not necessarily used in communication.

Communications Intelligence refers to any intelligence gleaned by intercepting channels, such as text messaging, telephone, email, instant messaging, and other online and electronic means of communication. Armed forces used it in World War II and continue to do so as part of national security protection.

The core target of COMINT is communication between people. Consequently, most of the COMINT techniques involve any means of communication, including voice interception.

Many prefer to think of Communications Intelligence as information gathered from the communications of individuals, including telephone conversations, text messages and various types of online interactions.

COMINT efforts seek information about voice, text and signal transmissions and attempts to determine a number of intelligence considerations about them. Intelligence, in this context, is information that gives an organization or individual support for making decisions that are intended to provide them with a strategic advantage.

COMINT activities are intended to determine details about the communications such as:

  • Time and duration of communication
  • The organizational function of the transmitter
  • Who the communicating parties are
  • Where the communicating parties are located
  • Encryption used and whether it can be decrypted
  • Frequencies and other technical details of note in the transmission

COMINT targets communication signals to improve field awareness. COMINT systems lean on detection, analyzes and direction finding of targeted communication emissions in order to support real-time decision making.

Communications Intelligence systems are usually associated with militaries which use them to locate and jam hostile radios and communications networks. However, COMINT is also used in search and rescue missions.

With COMINT, search and rescue missions are often managed after a natural disaster, in high-mountain, after a snow avalanche, or wherever the communication network is off.

COMINT devices are air boarded or ground-based as they quantify and localize missing persons via mobile interception. COMINT tools also provide actionable intelligence for forces responders, who can operate on the ground with a very precise victim location.

Fundamentals of Communications Intelligence (COMINT) Training by Tonex

Fundamentals of Communications Intelligence (COMINT), COMINT Training, Communications Intelligence Training Bootcamp is a customized training course covering all aspects of Communications Intelligence (COMINT) including  Advanced Network Characterization (ANC), SATCOM, UHV/VHF/H, microwave, mmWave, Digital Land Mobile Communication (DLMC), 4G/5G, WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, IoT, and optical signals are analyzed utilizing the latest technologies and COMINT methodologies in the SIGINT field are discussed.

Learning Objectives

After completing the COMINT training bootcamp, participants will:

  • Discuss the basic and advanced communications intelligence and analysis principles
  • Discuss strategies for safeguarding SIGINT and COMINT approaches
  • Define the roles and responsibilities that support COMINT environments
  • Describe all related fields in COMINT including voice, data, video and SATCOM, UHV/VHF/H, microwave, mmWave, Digital Land Mobile Communication (DLMC), 4G/5G, WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, and optical signals 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)

Who Should Attend?

Communications Intelligence Analysis training course is designed for engineers, analysts, scientists, project managers, military intelligence professionals, and anyone else who wants to learn about the COMINT, SIGINT, and intelligence analytics.

Principles of Communications Intelligence (COMINT)

  • What is signals intelligence (SIGINT)?
  • Communications Analysis
  • Communications Intelligence (COMINT)
  • Technical and intelligence information
  • Methods to collect  communications intelligence and COMINT
  • Type of signal targeted
  • Tools to collects the raw COMINT
  • From the raw data into intelligence
  • Signals Analysis
  • Steps to achieve collected, processed, and analyzed COMINT

The Fundamentals of COMINT and Signal Analysis

  • Principles behind Geolocation
  • Parameters of receiver platforms, measurement types
  • Requirements for data links and timing sources
  • Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in COMINT
  • The Time, Frequency and Modal Domains
  • Principles behind Time Domain
  • Principles behind Frequency Domain
  • Instrumentation
  • Dynamic Signal Analysis
  • FFT Properties
  • Sampling and Digitizing

COMINT Analysis Technical Principles

  • COMINT Capability
  • Performance of a SIGINT/COMINT system
  • Algorithm selection
  • Software, firmware and hardware architecture
  • Propagation analysis and effects
  • Emitter characteristics
  • Traditional and modern emitter geolocation approaches
  • Analytical tools and algorithms to predict accuracy
  • Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) -hardware
  • Open system architecture
  • Advanced signal location and exploitation capabilities

COMINT Operational Planning

  • Planning and operations
  • Planning responsibilities
  • Planning consideration
  • Planning and direction
  • Collection
  • Processing and Exploitation
  • Production, Dissemination and Utilization

Workshops and Case Studies

  • An approach to UAV-based Communications Intelligence (COMINT)
  • Principles of sensor and data fusion in COMINT
  • Overview of SDR
  • Overview of 4G and 5G



Fundamentals of Communications Intelligence (COMINT) Training

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