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Army March 17, 2011
Image is everything
By WO2 Wayne Ryan
DEPLOYED troops will have
greater access to detailed infor-
mation from aerial photos and
visual intelligence with the com-
pletion of a major upgrade to the
Defence Intelligence Training
Centre (DIntTC) at Kokoda
Due to a demand for image-
ry analysts throughout the ADF,
the $1.4m upgrade has increased
the number of imagery analysis
courses and supplied new high-
end workstations designed spe-
cifically for full-motion video and
still imagery analysis.
Senior Instructor Imagery
Intelligence Wing Sqn-Ldr Craig
Johnston said it was an exciting
time for imagery analysis training.
"While the field was pre-domi-
nantly RAAF focused, the image-
ry analysis function is rapidly
adopting a triservice feel," he said.
"This is due to the acquisition
of new imaging assets by the ser-
vices and access to imagery prod-
uct at the tactical level."
He said the imagery course
was open to all three Services,
with trainees coming from a range
"It is a pleasure to instruct a
group of enthusiastic and moti-
vated trainees," Sqn-Ldr Johnston
"Each of the trainees brings
different skill sets to the class-
room and part of our philosophy
is to draw on their experiences.
Everyone has something pertinent
and valuable to add."
Army trainee LBdr Edward
Taunton-Burnet, 20 STA Regt,
said imagery analysis knowledge
was particularly important to his
"I am doing the course to help
support the Army's UAV capabil-
ity and to gain imagery skills I
can take back to the unit," he said.
DIntTC instructor WOFF
Karen Wheeler said throughout
the 16-week course trainees were
exposed to a number of skills sets.
"Topics range from map read-
ing and manipulation of image-
ry to more detailed analysis on
industries, military equipment and
lines of communication," WOFF
"The course has recently
changed and has become con-
siderably more operationally
focused. Army participants have
brought a wealth of experience
with them -- the Army is rapidly
becoming more imagery focused.
"As instructors it helps us to
think and anticipate the demands
of the warfighter."
Personnel interested in applying for an
image analysis course should first con-
tact their unit operations cell.
Evolving skill set
The world of imagery analysis has changed dra-
matically since its inception in the early 1900s.
Before the invention of photography, command-
ers relied on eyesight, drawings and the memory
of troops for intelligence on enemy activities and
With World War I came the introduction of
ground-based and aerial photography collection.
For the first time, commanders were able to access
timely and accurate intelligence on the enemy.
The days of wet film processing have been
replaced by digital technology, which means infor-
mation can be accessed, disseminated and pre-
sented to commanders in the field within minutes.
Intelligence: This aerial photo shows
German trenches on the Hindenburg Line
during World War I.
Eyes in the sky: LBdr Edward Taunton-Burnet receives a few points from WOFF Karen Wheeler, an
Imagery Instructor at the Defence Intelligence Training Centre (DIntTC).
Photo by WO2 Wayne Ryan
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