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Human Terrain The spatial differentiation and organization of human activity and its interrelationships with the physical environment.
Human Terrain Analysis A multi-intelligence multidisciplinary scientific approach to describe and predict spatial and temporal patterns of human behavior by analyzing the attributes, actions, reactions, and interactions of groups and individuals in the context of their environment.
Operational Environment The composite of the conditions, circumstances, and influences that affect the employment and capabilities and bear on the decisions of the commander. It encompasses physical areas and factors (of the air, land, maritime, and space domains) and the information environment. Including adversary, friendly, and neutral systems that are relevant to a specific joint operatio
Originally posted by Kissplash
Still...there may be little green men taking a class or two, too. Ya never know!
Since 2010, when the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI) released the first two strategic guidance papers on Surveillance for Irregular Warfare and Understanding the Human Dimension, much has been written about the new discipline of intelligence called Activity Based Intelligence. Activity Based Intelligence (ABI) is defined as a discipline of intelligence where the analysis and subsequent collection is focused on the activity and transactions associated with an entity, a population, or an area of interest. The Human Domain, or Human Dimension, which is a vital and integral part of ABI, is defined as the presence, activities (including transactions - both physical and virtual), culture, social structure/organization, networks and relationships, motivation, intent, vulnerabilities, and capabilities of humans (single or groups) across all domains of the operational environment (Space, Air, Maritime, Ground, and Cyber).
The ABI multi-Intelligence (multi-INT) approach to analysis has grown in popularity and number of practitioners based on the necessities born from numerous and significant changes. These include changes in warfare, changes in the makeup of the challenges facing the US and US interests, the increasing flood of sensors and the resulting data growth, and the technological improvements that enable this type of analysis. Multiple Intelligence Agencies as well as several Service components are beginning to explore the value of institutionalizing ABI within their work forces. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is at the forefront of the ABI push within the Intelligence Community. The ubiquitous nature of geo-spatial intelligence (GEOINT), coupled with Human Domain Analytics (HDA), forms the true foundation of ABI.
Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by kdog1982
Interesting article kdog. Let me ask you something: Do you think that as we are seeing more and more drones in the skies that they are a big part of this geo-informational gathering? Seems like it would be much easier than depending on satellite, internet and "on the ground" monitoring. I keep seeing threads with people concerned about drones firing on us here in the old USA but I've been more concerned with the spying capabilities of them and the profiling that is sure to follow (if not already happening). Am I just being too paranoid you think?