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Definitions Edit

Foreign instrumentation signals intelligence (FISINT) is

[t]echnical information and intelligence derived from the intercept of foreign electromagnetic emissions associated with the testing and operational deployment of non-US aerospace, surface, and subsurface systems."[1]
information derived from the interception of foreign electromagnetic emissions associated with the testing and operational deployment of non-U.S. aerospace, surface, and subsurface systems including, but not limited to, telemetry, beaconry, electronic interrogators, and video data links.[2]

Overview Edit

Since it deals with signals that are not exchanged by humans, it is a subset of ELINT, which, in turn, is a subset of SIGINT. It includes but are not limited to telemetry, beaconry, electronic interrogators, and video data links. "SIGINT provides intelligence on threat intentions, capabilities, composition, and dispositions. In addition, SIGINT provides targeting information for the delivery of lethal and nonlethal fires effects.[3]

References Edit

  1. U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Pub. 1–02: DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Apr. 2010).[1]
  2. U.S. National Intelligence: An Overview 2011, at 55.
  3. ADRP 2-0, at 4-8.


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