U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet

The Intelligence Career Field encompasses functions involved in collecting, producing, and distributing data that have strategic, tactical, or technical value from an intelligence viewpoint. This field includes functions necessary to maintain information security and language translation and interpretation.

1. Specialty Summary. Performs and manages intelligence activities and functions including developing, evaluating, and providing intelligence information. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 124300.

2. Duties and Responsibilities:

2.1. Supports all aspects of Air Force operations by collating, analyzing, evaluating and disseminating intelligence information. Produces all-source intelligence, situation estimates, order-of-battle studies, and other intelligence reports and studies. Advises commanders on force protection and intelligence information for US and allied forces. Conducts intelligence debriefings of US and allied military personnel involved in combat operations. Prepares mission reports.

2.2. Conducts intelligence training. Instructs aircrews, security forces, explosive ordinance disposal and others on collecting and reporting requirements and procedures, recognition techniques, and assessing offensive and defensive weapon system capabilities. Assist SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape) and Life Support personnel in training evasion and recovery and code of conduct, when necessary. Collates intelligence and operations materials, and assembles final product for mission briefing, study, and use.

2.3. Produces intelligence materials. Prepares, maintains, and presents intelligence displays, reports and briefings. Compiles, evaluates, researches, interprets, analyzes, and disseminates intelligence information. Assembles maps, charts, and target materials. Establishes intelligence collection requirements. Uses automated and non-automated systems applications. Identifies and establishes unit requirements for intelligence reference materials. Maintains intelligence reference files, automated intelligence databases, and target materials data logs. Uses intelligence automated data systems to store, retrieve, display, and report intelligence information.

2.4. Performs mission planning and execution support. Provides tailored collections planning, threat analysis, and intelligence expertise necessary to develop detailed execution plans for aerospace operations. Provides current situational awareness and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) management for the execution of the Air Tasking Order (ATO), Integrated Tasking Order (ITO), or Space Tasking Order (STO). Analyzes intelligence to support military operations and targeting.

2.5. Performs targeting functions to include target development, weaponeering, force application, execution planning, and combat assessment. Performs geo-locational mensuration functions. Maintains and uses geospatial databases, target materials, imagery, and other intelligence products. Extracts coordinates and positional relationships from digital database systems and non-automated stereo-photographic models. Prepares strip charts and annotates navigational information.

2.6. Support to Force Protection (FP). Provides FP intelligence support to commanders and their staffs through current, all-source intelligence products and briefings, focusing on terrorist capabilities, tactics, trends, courses of action and ongoing threat situation in the unit's Area of Interest or Area of Responsibility. Analyzes incoming intelligence for FP value and impact. Ensures FP is addressed in current intelligence briefings, pre-mission, and pre-deployment briefings. Provides guidance for unit-level FP-related intelligence external and internal training. Participates in the installation-level Threat Working Group (TWG). Develops realistic terrorist threat scenarios for wing and unit exercises. Responsible for providing FP for in-garrison, in-transit, and deployed units.

3. Specialty Qualifications:

3.1. Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: intelligence organizations and systems; collection and reporting systems, procedures, and methods; intelligence information sources; techniques of identifying, collating, evaluating, and analyzing information; geographical and cultural aspects of foreign countries; current military capabilities and employment tactics of potential enemy offensive and defensive weapon systems; special operations; procedures for acquiring, updating, and maintaining intelligence documents, maps, and charts; map and chart use techniques; graphic, oral, and written intelligence information presentation; target planning and materials; target folder construction techniques; capabilities and application of automated data handling and management systems; security classification marking and control; US sensor systems; regional physical characteristics relative to radar significance; methods of verifying target intelligence information derived from imagery; basic electromagnetic theory; computerized systems supporting target intelligence and mission planning systems; digital terrain and feature databases; principles of precise positioning systems; targeting and weaponeering.

3.2. Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or General Education Development equivalency, with courses in speech, journalism, geography, modern world history, statistics, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is desirable.

3.3. Training. For award of AFSC 1N031, completion of a basic operations intelligence course is mandatory.

3.4. Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of AFSC indicated:

3.4.1. 1N051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N031.

3.4.2. 1N071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N051.

3.4.3. 1N091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N071.

3.5. Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

3.5.1. For entry into this specialty: Normal color vision and stereoscopic acuity as defined by AFI 48-123, Medical Examinations and Standards. No speech disorders or noticeable communications deficiencies as defined by AFI 48-123. See attachment 4 for additional entry requirements.

3.5.2. Specialty requires routine access to Top Secret material or similar environment. For award and retention of AFSCs 1N031, 1N051, 1N071, and 1N091, completion of a current Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management is mandatory.
NOTE: Award of the 3-skill level without a completed SSBI is authorized provided an interim Top Secret clearance has been granted according to AFI 31-501.