List of intelligence gathering disciplines

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Intelligence Gathering Disciplines

  • HUMINT - Human Intelligence - gathered from a person on the ground.
  • GEOINT - Geospatial Intelligence - gathered from satellite, aerial photography, mapping/terrain data
    • IMINT - Imagery Intelligence - gathered from satellite and aerial photography
  • MASINT - Measurement and Signature Intelligence
    • ACINT - Acoustic Intelligence - gathered from acoustical sources
    • CBINT - Chemical and Biological Intelligence - gathered from chemical and biological weapons and hazards
    • DEWINT - Directed Energy Weapon Intelligence - gathered from weapon related radio frequency, microwave, electromagnetic pulse, laser, and particle beams
    • Effluent/Debris Collection - gathered from atmospheric effluents and debris
    • EOINT - Electro-Optical Intelligence - gathered from optical monitoring of the electromagnetic spectrum
      • IRINT - Infrared Intelligence - gathered from the infrared spectrum
      • LASINT - Laser Intelligence - gathered from laser systems
    • MATINT - Materials Intelligence
    • NUCINT - Nuclear Intelligence - gathered from the analysis of radiation
    • RADINT - Radar Intelligence - gathered from radar sources. Note that this is often considered to be part of ELINT (q.v.).
    • RF/EMPINT - Radio Frequency/Electromagnetic Pulse Intelligence - gathered from radio frequency and electromagnetic pulse emissions
    • Spectroscopic Intelligence
  • OSINT - Open Source Intelligence - gathered from open sources
  • STRATINT - Strategic Intelligence
  • SIGINT - Signals Intelligence - gathered from interception of signals
    • COMINT - Communications Intelligence
    • ELINT - Electronic Intelligence - gathered from non-communications electronic emissions
    • FISINT - Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence
  • TECHINT - Technical Intelligence - gathered from analysis of weapons and equipment used by the armed forces of foreign nations
  • FININT - Financial Intelligence - gathered from analysis of monetary transactions
  • MEDINT - Medical Intelligence - gathered from analysis of medical records and/or actual physiological examinations to determine health and/or particular ailments/allergetic conditions for exploitation.
  • VPBINT - Variable Programmable Beacon Intelligence - gathered via telematics from static and dynamic (mobile) variable programmable intelligent beacons.

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List of intelligence gathering disciplines

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