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Geospatial Imaging Specialists

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Work Environment

Geospatial imaging specialists usually work in office facilities. They may work in facilities in field camps or aboard ships.

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Geospatial imaging specialists perform the collection, analysis, and dissemination of geospatial imagery to support war fighting operations and other activities. They operate geographic information systems (GIS) that store and analyze maps and other geographic information. Intelligence derived by the geospatial imaging specialist is critical for mission success at the national, theater, and tactical levels. As such, they disseminate multi-sensor geospatial intelligence products to appropriate parties.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for geospatial imaging specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in using sophisticated imagery collection equipment. Training content may include:

  • Imagery collection, interpretation, and exploitation techniques
  • Collecting, analyzing, and evaluating geospatial, geographic, and remote sensed data
  • Preparing maps, charts, and intelligence reports
  • Using computer systems and imagery exploitation software
  • Analyzing fixed/moving target indicators, geospatial data, and overhead/aerial images
  • Using geospatial imagery to aid in targeting process

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in computers
  • Interest in earth science
  • Strong critical thinking skills

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