Under a newly established Independent Research and Development (IR&D) program, Riverside Research leveraged its education and training (E&T) capabilities to develop a prototype hyperspectral certification and training program that can easily be replicated for other disciplines in order to become the single source for training and certification requirements for select customers within the military and intelligence community (IC).
The joint service model of intelligence production served as the impetus for this 2011 IR&D effort known as Single Point Training. The model, currently employed by one of Riverside Research’s key partners in the production of Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), brings together members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, government civilians, and specialized contractors for joint contributions to the processing and analysis workforce. In order to meet growing analytical needs and ensure standardization across this diverse team, specialized training is required in the areas of synthetic aperture radar (SAR), multispectral and hyperspectral imagery (MSI/HSI), thermal infrared (TIR), electro-optical (EO), ground moving target indicator (GMTI), and overhead persistent infrared (OPIR). Traditional training methods leave new analysts with a steep learning curve when it comes to using operational data and implementing specific production procedures.
The Single Point Training project proposed to leverage Riverside Research’s subject matter expertise in each of the aforementioned disciplines to provide a single, streamlined, and consistent source to deliver training and certification that meets the requirements of military mission partners and select members of the IC. Graduates of the training would understand how to use MASINT, GEOINT, and Advanced Geospatial Intelligence (AGI) analysis tools (and other technical intelligence tools by extension) in accordance with the competencies established by their host organizations, thus enabling them to make better on-the-job decisions and equipping them with the knowledge and task-level skills sufficient to meet all levels of qualification standards within the Intelligence Personnel Training (IPT) Program: Initial Qualification Training (IQT), Mission Qualification Training (MQT), Continuation Training (CT), and Specialized Training to include Delta/System Change and Executive Overview training.
Upon completion of this IR&D effort, one government customer incorporated the HSI training into its existing Spectral IQT. Riverside Research stands ready to support the full spectrum of standards- and skills-based curriculum development projects at any point in the future.