Imagery Intelligence (IMINT)
IMINT specialists interpret images taken from a variety of sources including satellites and reconnaissance aircraft. The information they ascertain can be vital and may include intelligence central to a battle, such as the exact location of the enemy and what he intends to do.
Developments in technology mean that Imagery Analysts (IAs) need to remain on top of their game despite constantly evolving new platforms and sensors.
IAs are trained to operate in support of commanders engaged in both conventional and non conventional warfare. At times the IA will be required to provide direct support at Battlegroup (BG) level to front line Coy groups. IAs may also be required to provide analysis and assessment of strategic level importance. Airborne Imagery Analysts (AIAs) are trained in flight crew drills in order to operate imagery analysis systems fitted within fixed wing aircraft.
Modern imagery sources mean that Imagery Intelligence can be collected, collated, analysed and disseminated in just hours - minutes if the commander needs it immediately!