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Navy Intelligence Specialist

Navy Intelligence Specialist

Navy Intelligence Specialist

Main Topic: Environment and Society
Secondary Topic: Human Geography


Overview:  United States Navy Intelligence Specialists develop useful intelligence by breaking down seemingly limitless raw data into relevant and manageable pieces. The responsibilities of these Enlisted Sailors may include:

  • Tracking targets in real time
  • Defending ships against inbound threats
  • Operating state-of-the-art computer and communications equipment
  • Serving as part of the Information Warfare Community in its mission to gain understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and develop knowledge of the battlespace during wartime

As an Intelligence Specialist, you will be a critical part of the operational decision-making process. Working with potentially classified material, your duties may include:

  • Analyzing intelligence information
  • Preparing and presenting briefings and reports
  • Preparing graphics and overlays
  • Plotting imagery data using maps and charts
  • Planning photographic reconnaissance missions
  • Providing input to and receiving data from computerized networks ashore and afloat
  • Using intelligence databases, libraries, and files
  • Working under the oversight of Intelligence Officers who serve as managers of intelligence-related activities

Skills and credentialing are gained which could lead to employment in the intelligence field after serving in the Navy, including the geospatial intelligence field.

Geography skills and awareness are crucial for Intelligence Specialists.  They must be able to decipher, assess, and evaluate geographical data concerning threats, targets, or areas of interest, and then convey the information to commanders accurately.  They must understand how the operational environment impacts mission accomplishment.

Geographers at work:  Geospatial intelligence analysts

Recommended College Courses:  Geographic information systems, physical geography, environmental geography, human geography

Skills:  Map reading and interpretation; understanding and sensitivity to geographical variations in culture, topography, and climate; geographic information systems; database management

Occupation Group: Military

Learn more about Intelligence Specialists from the U.S. Navy: https://www.navy.com/careers/navy-intelligence-specialist

Written by Christopher Anderson