Imagery Analysis - 1N1X1
Published August 31, 2006
Imagery analysis professionals are the "eyes" of the nation's fighting forces. They work using state of the art equipment and are responsible for interpreting imagery from some of the world's most advanced satellites and manned aircraft, like the U-2. In addition, they are part of the operational crew for the Air Force's Unmanned Arial Vehicles, such as the Global Hawk and Predator, which have served as the intelligence workhorses in recent years. Imagery analysts analyze images from advanced imaging sensors to find types and numbers of enemy forces to provide a "picture" of the battlefield for combat leaders.
Imagery analysis personnel also operate imagery exploiting equipment, including computer-assisted exploiting and automated data base systems, and construct queries and retrieve historical files to conduct comparative analysis. This information is then compiled and used in targeting assessments and in briefings to senior leaders.
Completion of high school with courses in mathematics, advanced English and computer applications is desirable for entry into this specialty. Applicants must also be eligible to receive a Top Secret security clearance and have a general score of 66 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. Individuals should also possess normal color vision and depth perception.
Initial skills in this specialty consist of the tasks and knowledge provided in the Imagery Analysis Apprentice Course, located at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. This course is 120 days and teaches basic imagery interpretation principles, techniques and procedures for imagery exploitation, reports, and presentations.