Learn about Intelligence Collection Management and Processes through Henley-Putnam University’s Intelligence Management BS/MS Degree Programs
Intelligence collection entails the science and art of gathering information from different sources and means known as the intelligence collection disciplines. Six of these disciplines with a short description of each are found below:
- Human Intelligence (HUMINT) – involves people on the ground, typically overseas, gathering information from human sources; the National Clandestine Service (NCS) is responsible for coordination and de-confliction of clandestine HUMINT operations across the Intelligence Community
- Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) – involves intercepted signals from communications and electronic emissions; the National Security Agency (NSA) is responsible for SIGINT collection and reporting
- Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) – information gathered from non-classified, non-secret sources including news media, the internet and commercial databases to name a few; the Open Source Center (OSC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) are the major collectors of open-source intelligence
- Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) – involves a highly technical, multi-disciplinary approach to intelligence collection to provide detailed characteristics of targets including radar signatures of aircraft and telemetry of missiles; the Directorate for MASINT and Technical Collection (DT) at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is responsible for MASINT
- Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) – involves the collection of information related to the earth from imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information; the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) is responsible for geospatial intelligence collection management
- Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) – involves representation of objects reproduced by optically or by electronic means from a variety of sources including radar, infrared sources and electro-optics; the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is responsible for all imagery intelligence collection activities
The process of managing and organizing one or more of the six intelligence disciplines above is called Intelligence Collection Management. To become an adept intelligence collection manager, you need to develop a deep understanding of intelligence studies and analytic tradecraft in addition to intelligence operations.
Henley-Putnam University offers highly specialized courses in all of the above through its Bachelor and Master of Science (BS/MS) Degrees in Intelligence Management. Through these unique programs, you will receive a one-of-a-kind education that will differentiate you from your peers and position you for success. Make the choice today to become a leader in the intelligence profession while building a long-term relationship with us based on trust and confidence.