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Intelligence Specialist
Intelligence Specialist (IS) - Performs a variety of intelligence related duties worldwide, both ashore and afloat. The IS is a critical part of the operational decision-making process, providing collection and interpretation of multi-source intelligence data in support of combat operations and national and strategic objectives. Duties performed include analyzing intelligence information, preparing and presenting briefings, planning photographic reconnaissance missions, preparing graphics and overlays, and utilizing intelligence databases, libraries and files.


IS Intelligence Specialist (IS)

Military information, particularly classified information about enemies or potential enemies, is called "intelligence." Intelligence specialists analyze intelligence data. They break down information to determine its usefulness in military planning. From this intelligence data, they prepare materials that describe in detail the features of strategic and tactical areas all over the world.

What they do

The duties performed by ISs include:

• analyzing intelligence information;

• identifying and producing intelligence from raw information;

• assembling and analyzing multi-source operational intelligence;

• preparing and presenting intelligence briefings;

• preparing planning materials for photographic reconnaissance missions; analyzing the results, preparing reports.

• preparing graphics, overlays and photo/map composites;

• plotting imagery data using maps and charts;

• providing input to and receive data from computerized intelligence systems ashore and afloat;

• maintaining intelligence databases, libraries and files.


Working Environment

Intelligence specialists perform most of their duties in an office or watch environment. They usually work closely with others, doing mostly analytical work, but must have the capability to work without supervision and to support the intelligence mission of the Navy on land, undersea, at sea, and in the air. IS's serve on board ships, aircraft squadrons, and various intelligence production centers located in the United States and overseas.

Qualifications and Interests
Teamwork, speaking and writing skills, the ability to do detailed work, keep records and perform mathematical calculations are important attributes for people interested in the IS rating. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet eligibility requirements for continuous access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI). Eligibility for a top secret clearance is determined by the results of a Single Scope Background Investigation followed by a reinvestigation every five years.

ASVAB (VE+AR=108). IS’s immediate family members must be U.S. citizens. Other helpful characteristics are resourcefulness, curiosity, an interest in ideas and information and the ability to make analytical decisions. Vision correctable to 20/20 and normal color perception is required.

IS - Expeditionary Warfare Intelligence Specialist

EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE ANALYST. Understands doctrine, tactics, capabilities, and limitations of military and civilian units participating in irregular warfare missions. Applies tactical intelligence theory and practice. Understands Intelligence Community's analytical process and organizational measures to improve community efforts to improve analytical standards, assessments, collection, evaluation, and warning. Utilizes analytical principles and critical thinking tools in social network analysis, link analysis, association matrix, activities matrix, coordinates register, and pattern analysis. Employs computer applications FalconView, ArcGIS, BATS, Multi-Media Message Handler (M3), Pathfinder, and Analyst Notebook. Leverages, tasks, and prioritizes intelligence collections assets. Understands capabilities and limitations of HUMINT, GEOINT, SIGINT, MASINT, and OSINT. Questions low-level contacts and cooperative sources.

Produces Intelligence Information Reports (IIR). Provides intelligence support to interrogation operations. Processes, collects, handles, and preserves evidence. Uses mapping fundamentals, military symbology, and overlays. Uses environmental considerations, terrain and weather analysis, and the elements of a civilian population. Identifies cultural groups, languages, religions, customs, and beliefs occurring in nation-states. Uses knowledge of resistance organization, an understanding of insurgent tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) and centers of gravity analysis. Analyzes guerilla, underground and auxiliary networks in the Area of Operation (AO) and Area of Influence (AI). Analyzes task, purpose, and end state of State and Non-State actors that influence a population. Fuses all steps of Joint Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment (JIPOE).

Determines and prioritizes threat Courses of Action (COA). Presents briefings to irregular warfare mission commanders. Supports Joint Task Force to support mission planning and targeting. Incorporates intelligence fundamentals into the Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze and Disseminate (F3EAD) process to support High Value Target (HVT) missions.

IS - Naval Imagery Interpreter

IMAGERY ANALYST. Analyzes imagery from multiple sources; detects and reports on significant military, industrial, resource, or topographical data. Uses soft-copy imagery interpretation and manipulation skills to study images to locate enemy positions, camouflaged military installations and order-of-battle, lines of communication, strategic industries, rivers, wooded areas and to conduct Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace.

Performs Bomb Hit and Battle Damage Assessments (BHA / BDA). Prepares formatted imagery interpretation reports. Operates soft-copy imagery exploitation systems. Maintains and refers to publications in support of installation and platform identification. Categorizes and measures objects of intelligence interest found on imagery. Applies the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS) to determine image quality.

Conducts interpretation of all-source imagery using advanced exploitation processes and applications. Performs imagery interpretation report writing and quality assurance, identification and analysis of various orders-of-battle to include tables of organization and equipment (TO&E), multi-source imagery exploitation techniques, support to amphibious warfare, terrain analysis, and identification of components/functions of industrial complexes. Knowledge of literal and non-literal imagery exploitation analysis to detect, discriminate, identify, quantify and predict activity utilizing Spectral/MASINT/GI&S applications.

Interprets imagery to evaluate activity affecting military operations to include environmental analysis, civilian population restraints, enemy force strength, and to predict military intentions. Performs imagery product/report review and quality assurance, research, digital imagery ordering and receipt, exploitation, and dissemination tasks. Determines releasability requirements.

IS - Operational Intelligence Analyst

OPERATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ANALYST. Analyzes and combines multi-source intelligence information to produce operationally relevant intelligence. Performs operational intelligence (OPINTEL) watchstanding, Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security, threat assessment, message preparation and reporting. Uses Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence (C4I) systems and maintains an all-source intelligence plot. Identifies trends and patterns in military operations and training of target countries.

Collects and organizes intelligence information from various established sources for production of intelligence documents. Reviews data to ascertain accuracy of data and reliability of sources. Compiles intelligence information and disseminates data through media, such as plots, briefings, reports and publications. Maintains intelligence libraries. Provides intelligence support aboard surface ships without an assigned intelligence officer.

Serves as the assistant to the intelligence officer assigned to an afloat staff or selected shore command. Provides evaluations and briefings of the current or projected threat within the operational environment. Conducts all source contact analysis, correlation and sanitization in support of C4I integration. Performs predictive analysis utilizing identified trends and patterns.

Generates intelligence reports and maintains the current intelligence library. Supports Defense Attaché staffs in the collection, reporting and administration of embassy activities within a given country. Conducts liaison with U.S. and foreign service personnel. Plans and directs research into proposed problem solutions or courses of action to determine feasibility of military planning alternatives.

Confers with Intelligence Officers and supporting personnel to determine dimensions of problem and discuss proposals for solution. Develops plans for predicting such factors as cost and probable success of each alternative, according to accepted operations research techniques and mathematical or computer formulations. Evaluates results of research and prepares recommendations for implementing or rejecting proposed solutions or plans.

IS - Strike Planning Applications

STRIKE ANALYST. Conducts tactical intelligence research, analysis and dissemination in support of strike warfare operations. Fuses multi-source data into textual and graphical presentations of the battlefield and operational area to support power projection planning. Provides mensurated aimpoints utilizing the Precision Targeting Workstation (PTW) in support of Navy Precision Guided Munitions strike warfare.

Provides integrated operational and environmental intelligence information to strike planners. Provides target intelligence to tactical mission planners and maintains tactical level targeting products. Produces precise navigational products for use by Precision Guided Munitions (PGM) such as Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM), Joint Stand-off Weapon-Unitary (JSOW-C), and Stand-off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER).

Provides targeting support at the theater-level in support of the functional component commander. Assists in managing the afloat targeting process, including target development and analytic review of advanced weaponeering and advanced collateral damage estimation scenarios, imagery collection and exploitation, and quality control of precise geopositioning in support of targeting. Provides leadership for the training and standardization of targeting support throughout the fleet.



Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret (With Single Scope Background Investigation)


Other Requirements

  • Must have normal color perception
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Both the applicant and his/her immediate family members must be U.S. citizens.
  • Moral turpitude offense(s) are generally disqualifying.
  • Personal security screening interview will be conducted by a Naval Security Group Command Detachment Great Lakes special representative.
  • Former members of the Peace Corps are not eligible.
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED, CPT, home study or other equivalency). If not a diploma graduate, applicant must provide a high school transcript verifying successful completion of the 10th grade.


Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 36 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36months
  • Second Shore Tour:48 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 48 months

Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.



110114-N-0000G-001 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 14, 2011) Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery Laubaugh, left, administers the oath of enlistment to Chief Intelligence Specialist Jared Pringle during an underwater reenlistment ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Gray/Released)

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