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Aeronautical Imagery/Feature Analyst

United States Intelligence Community

October 29, 2007

Aeronautical Imagery/Feature Analysts support national security objectives and DoD aeronautical information products. This requires them to extract and evaluate aeronautical and geospatial information from a variety of imagery or other data sources. In addition, they validate information by comparing imagery and collateral sources to maintain the databases of aeronautical, intelligence, vertical obstruction, and chart feature data. These important functions support the safety of flight. Aeronautical Imagery/Feature Analysts provide input to national level tasking processes and requirements and coordinate appropriately with national and international agencies involved in similar work. Together, they investigate production issues and develop process improvements that affect the overall quality of aeronautical products and information in accordance with ISO 9001 certification requirements.

Skills and Knowledge Required

Aeronautical Imagery/Feature Analysts typically possess knowledge of photo interpretation techniques, imagery analysis techniques, imagery mensuration techniques, and feature extraction techniques. Skill areas include imagery analysis and exploitation, data and statistical analysis, predictive intelligence judgments, testing and evaluation, and geospatial data manipulation. For a more detailed description of skill and knowledge requirements, please check with Community member agencies.

Education, Licenses, and Certifications Required

Intelligence community agencies typically prefer applicants for Aeronautical Imagery/Feature Analyst positions to have at least a Bachelor’s degree in an earth science or closely related area such as cartography, environmental science, or geography; in a technical area such as computer science, aeronautical sciences, or physical science; or in a liberal arts area such as cultural area studies or international affairs. Other degrees are also considered. Successful applicants often possess civilian or military operational flight experience as a captain, pilot, co-pilot, or navigation instructor; civilian or military air traffic controller experience; or civilian or military experience in the aeronautical field, which involved the acquisition, collection, selection, analysis, and preparation of reliable aeronautical information on navigation and related operations.

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