Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare
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Signals intelligence (SIGINT) is intelligence-gathering by interception of signals, whether communications between people (communications intelligence—abbreviated to COMINT) or from electronic signals not directly used in communication (electronic intelligence—abbreviated to ELINT). Signals intelligence is a subset of intelligence collection management.
Electronic interception appeared as early as 1900, during the Boer War of 1899-1902. The British Royal Navy had installed wireless sets produced by Marconi on board their ships in the late 1890s and the British Army used some limited wireless signalling. The Boerscaptured some wireless sets and used them to make vital transmissions. Since the British were the only people transmitting at the time, no special interpretation of the signals that were intercepted by the British was necessary.
The birth of signals intelligence in a modern sense dates from the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. As the Russian fleet prepared for conflict with Japan in 1904, the British ship HMS Diana stationed in the Suez Canal intercepted Russian naval wireless signals being sent out for the mobilization of the fleet, for the first time in history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signals_intelligence_in_modern_history
Qualifications for this career field
TS/SCI Eligible. ASVAB Score varies by service and MOS. Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) Required for Crypto-Linguist.
Best parts of having this specialty
Learning about the intricate details of technology and its various capabilities.
Worst parts of having this specialty
An ever changing battlefield makes it harder to stay ahead of enemy tactics, but this makes it all the better to challenge ourselves.
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