Have you ever wondered what Edward Snowden and geeks like him actually do? Do you think that you’re qualified to step in and get into that action? You’ve no doubt read Will’s write-up about the guy, where he says:

Much has yet to be written about Snowden. What is known is that he’s a computer smart-guy with a GED, who volunteered for the Army and broke both his legs in the Special Forces training pipeline so badly that he was medically discharged. I’m not going to speculate much, but it’s incredibly weird to me that a GED soldier was in the SF pipeline, as well as getting two broken legs and a medical discharge. Possible? Yes. Probable? Hell no! Then this individual went from security guard to CIA employee in Sweden. Again, possible? Yes. Probable? Hell no x2!

What is it these guys actually do? Let’s take a look at a few resume samples from people who’ve worked on PRISM:

1. Imagery Analyst/Collection Manager

SAIC
September 2001 – May 2006 (4 years 9 months)Key West, Florida

Imagery Collection Manager
Joint Interagency Task Force East
March 2003 – April 2005 (2 years 2 months)

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Responsible for the collection of all imagery related intelligence requirements. Evaluated, edited, and drafted national and theater-level requirements for validation and approval via requirements tools, including PRISM and GIMS (RMS).

Accomplishments include:

Facilitated all imagery tasking, collection, and dissemination for all counter-drug and high priority targets.

Managed and coordinated all national system tasking requirements within the JIATFS AOR.

Principal PRISM Collection Manager for all JIATFS tactical ISR requirements.

Assisted in the development & utilization of emerging AGI collection strategies.

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2. Summary

13 years of all-encompassing experience in Naval Intelligence established the foundation for continued service in the Intelligence Community (IC) as a Geospatial-Intelligence (GEOINT) Source Management Analyst (SMA). Extensive experience includes: 1) the development and prioritization of NTM and airborne collection strategies via Geospatial Information Management System (GIMS), Requirements Management System (RMS) and Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization and Management (PRISM), 2) detailed knowledge and management of complex intelligence systems and architecture, 3) All-Source analysis of multiple political-military topics of national interest, 4) leadership of multiple Intelligence Watch Teams and working groups, and 5) briefing leadership at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. Repeatedly lauded for superior performance, management skills and mentorship of junior personnel; thrives in high stress/tempo environments. ACTIVE TS/SCI clearance, in addition to the following strengths:

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Technical Proficiency
Communication Skills
Resource Management
Adaptability
Analytical Expertise
Program Management

Specialties:Extensive Intelligence Community (IC) experience, to include end-to-end expertise in GEOINT-related disciplines, collection management/resource allocation, All-Source analysis, and Intelligence Systems management.

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3. Trains collection management teams on the utilization of theater assets and capabilities, provides training for: PRISM, Flight Enterprise, NITB, BVI, CRATE, and the theater collection management process and procedures.

Serves as the forward deployed contract Site Lead for all theater Project ACCRUE Collection Managers; managing contractor placement/assignment in theater

Identify issues and develop courses of action, coordinate with DIA, IJC, and CENTCOM leadership regarding all Project ACCRUE issues.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Marine Link, Google Earth, PRISM; Falcon View, RMS, GIMS, CRATE, NITB, Flight Control, WARP, UNICORN

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Active Top Secret/SCI – DOD Counterintelligence Polygraph

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4. Experienced Collection Manager and DOD Instructor

20 years combined experience as an Source Strategies Analyst (SSA), Imagery Analyst (IA), Requirements Management Systems (RMS) Instructor, and Geospatial Intelligence Requirements Management Systems (GRMS) Instructor in the Intelligence Community (IC) in both the civilian and military sectors. Seeking employment as a collection manager, team lead, or instructor in the intelligence community.

Collection Manager and ISSR

McClendon LLC
November 2006 to November 2011

• Support the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Innovision Directorate as a Tasking, Retrieval, Acquisition, Dissemination, and Exploitation (TRADE) Subject Matter Expert (SME). Support to Research and Development concepts, algorithms, Airborne Operations. Tasking and Disseminating time coincidental data over chosen targets sets.

• Research, review, develop, and monitor source collection strategies to meet intelligence community analyst’s needs. This requires extensive research in intelligence systems, such as the Requirements Management System (RMS), PMAA, and PRISM, and also coordination with other intelligence agency organizations and DOD joint commands.

• Train customers on the most effective ways to obtain Imagery for their intelligence issues.

• Train Jr. Collection Managers in proper procedures and collection tools.

• Assist other requirements managers in developing and writing requirements.

• Monitor and review established requirements to determine customer satisfaction.

• Provide tip-off information to all source analyst’s in Commands and at NGA regarding items of interest.

• Works daily with and respects all government, military and contractor personnel of varying authority, experience and ethnic background.

• ISSR for all the Innovision Directorate.

NGA Source Strategies Analyst
Booz Allen and Hamilton
August 2004 to November 2006

• Support the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Source Directorate as a Source Strategies Analyst.

• Research, review, develop, and monitor source collection strategies to meet intelligence community analyst’s needs. This requires extensive research in intelligence systems, such as the Requirements Management System (RMS), PMAA, and PRISM, and also coordination with other intelligence agency organizations and DOD joint commands.

• Train customers on the most effective ways to obtain Imagery for their intelligence issues.

• Assist other requirements managers in developing and writing requirements.

• Monitor and review established requirements to determine customer satisfaction.

• Provide tip-off information to all source analyst’s in Commands and at NGA regarding items of interest.

• Works daily with and respects all government, military and contractor personnel of varying authority, experience and ethnic background.

So there you have it – doesn’t look so hard, maybe a few courses over at ITT Tech. Actually looks damn boring on paper.

Thanks to OldPH2 for the tip. Read the rest over at the loved/hated CRYPTOME website.