Measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT)


MASINT is scientific and technical intelligence derived from analyzing data gathered from sensors or sensing devices. The purpose of MASINT is:

  • identifying any distinctive features and characteristics of an emitting source or sending source.

Measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) is the technical branch of intelligence gathering, which focuses on :

  • detection
  • tracking
  • identification
  • description of the specific signatures of fixed & dynamic targets

MASINT also refers to:

  • radar intelligence
  • acoustic intelligence
  • nuclear intelligence
  • chemical intelligence
  • biological intelligence