Introduction to SIGINT Engineering

Course #EC3750

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


An introduction to the technology of signals intelligence systems, with particular emphasis on the means for accessing signals of intelligence value. Covers the three major branches of SIGNIT: communications intelligence, electronic intelligence, and foreign instrumentation signals intelligence. Collection platform, receivers, and antennas are examined. Emitter location techniques are considered. Requires U.S. citizenship and Top Secret clearance with eligibility for SCI access.

Security clearance: TS/SCI

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 288


The following are eligible for this offering:

  • Naval Officers
  • Naval Enlisted
  • Non-Naval Officers
  • Non-Naval Enlisted
  • DON Civilians
  • DOD Civilians
  • Defense Contractors
  • Non-DOD Federal Employees
  • State and Local Government Employees
  • US Civilians


  • EC3410
  • EO3512
  • EC3500

Learning Outcomes

·       Explain the general history of space-based reconnaissance.

·       Examine the types for orbits, including specific orbital parameters.

·       Calculate properties involving specific spacecraft orbits.

·       Perform computations in involving receiver link equation based upon specific antenna properties.

·       Calculate the specific properties of the coverage area for particular signal types and collection scenarios.

·       Understand concepts of time difference of arrival and frequency difference of arrival in enabling estimates of signal position

·       Utilize software which estimate uncooperative signal position based upon different signal intelligence collector properties.

·       Understand the properties of our national technical means systems for collecting valuable and classified signals and imagery intelligence.

·       Examine the properties of operational signals intelligence collection systems, including all stages of processing.

·       Determine whether a linear shift register is maximal length based upon a specific set of tap positions.

·       Understand the concepts of spread spectrum signals with relevance to uncooperative signals collection.

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  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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