Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services

Occupation Exhibit

NER-CTR-005

COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION OPERATOR
CTR3
CTR2
CTR1
CTRC
CTRCS
CTRCM

Exhibit Dates: 10/06–6/15.

Career Pattern
SN: Seaman (E-3). CTR3: Communications Intelligence Collection Operator, Third Class (E-4). CTR2: Communications Intelligence Collection Operator, Second Class (E-5). CTR1: Communications Intelligence Collection Operator, First Class (E-6). CTRC: Chief Communications Intelligence Collection Operator (E-7). CTRCS: Senior Chief Communications Intelligence Collection Operator (E-8). CTRCM: Master Chief Communications Intelligence Collection Operator (E-9).

Description
Summary: Control the flow of messages and information. Their work depends on their special career area: administration (CTA) - administrative and clerical duties that control access to classified material; interpretive (CTI) - radiotelephone communications and foreign language translation; maintenance (CTM)- the installation, servicing and repair of electronic and electromechanical equipment; communication (CTO) - operation of telecommunications systems, and AIS networking and information management; collection (CTR) - Morse code communications and operation of radio direction-finding equipment; and technical (CTT) - communications by means other than Morse code and electronic countermeasures. CTR3: Operates signals collection equipment, systems, and antennas for analysis in identifying essential elements of information; drafts basic Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) reports and executes radio direction finding operations; maintains cryptologic databases to gather additional target information and operating characteristics while protecting sensitive methods and sources; supervises signals collection, analysis, reporting, SI communications and assigned personnel; allocates Signals Intelligence collection resources and adjusts tasking as required; drafts cryptologic mission reports and emergency action plans; conducts quality control and release of time-sensitive reports; and complies with classified information storage, transportation, and protection requirements. CTR2: Able to perform the duties required for CTR3; identifies major Signals Intelligence producers and consumers; constructs thorough and appropriate Tag lines, Requirements lines, and Delivery Distribution Indicator lines, as well as working aids; recognizes raw traffic and describes the main methods of delivering Signals Intelligence products to customers; selects appropriate strategies for producing reportable information up front; complies with classified information and protection requirements; conducts and supervises Signals Intelligence signals search, analysis, target identification, and reporting operations beyond the skills capabilities of Communications Collection Operators; uses cryptologic mission databases, computer-based analysis techniques, advance modulation, multiplexing techniques, and coding theory to acquire, display, and demodulate high data rate communication systems while protecting sensitive methods and sources; performs fine grain analysis and reporting of known, new, and unusual signals using multiple equipment configuration environments; demonstrates in-depth knowledge of UNIX operating system, advanced modulation techniques, digital communications analysis, advanced reporting and bitstream analysis to recover advance signal structures; and develops, evaluates and executes signal research mission plans to include exploitation of satellite very small aperture terminal and cellular communications, phased carrier modulation analysis, advanced MODEMS, and spread spectrum and computer networks. CTR1: Able to perform the duties required for CTR2; senior Analyst - Reporters identifies major Signals Intelligence producers and consumers; constructs thorough and appropriate Tag lines, Requirements lines, and Delivery Distribution Indicator lines, as well as working aids; recognizes raw traffic and describes the main methods of delivering Signals Intelligence products to customers; selects appropriate strategies for producing reportable information up front; complies with classified information and protection requirements; conducts and supervises Signals Intelligence signals search, analysis, target identification, and reporting operations beyond the skills capabilities of Communications Collection Operators; uses cryptologic mission databases, computer-based analysis techniques, advance modulation, multiplexing techniques, and coding theory to acquire, display, and demodulate high data rate communication systems while protecting sensitive methods and sources; performs fine grain analysis and reporting of known, new, and unusual signals using multiple equipment configuration environments; demonstrates in-depth knowledge of UNIX operating system, advanced modulation techniques, digital communications analysis, advanced reporting and bitstream analysis to recover advance signal structures; and develops, evaluates and executes signal research mission plans to include exploitation of satellite very small aperture terminal and cellular communications, phased carrier modulation analysis, advanced MODEMS, and spread spectrum and computer networks. CTRC: Able to perform the duties required for CTR1; determine report-ability and urgency of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) information; selects appropriate supporting or refuting information for inclusion in a Signals Intelligence report; analyzes Signals Intelligence within target context; develops a bottom line on which to base reports and selects an appropriate story format; develops relationships to mission requirements, operating procedures, and communications target procedural identification techniques; writes a thorough, yet concise, report and title in accordance with tasking requirements and other relevant governing policy; complies with classified information and protection requirements; supervises signals collection, analysis, reporting, SI communications, and assigned personnel; allocates SIGINT collection resources and adjusts tasking as required; drafts cryptologic mission reports and emergency action plans; conducts quality control and release of time-sensitive reports; and complies with classified information storage, transportation, and protection requirements. CTRCS: Able to perform the duties required for CTRC; determine report-ability and urgency of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) information; selects appropriate supporting or refuting information for inclusion in a Signals Intelligence report; analyzes Signals Intelligence within target context; develops a bottom line on which to base reports and selects an appropriate story format; develops relationships to mission requirements, operating procedures, and communications target procedural identification techniques; writes a thorough, yet concise, report and title in accordance with tasking requirements and other relevant governing policy; complies with classified information and protection requirements; supervises signals collection, analysis, reporting, SI communications, and assigned personnel; allocates SIGINT collection resources and adjusts tasking as required; drafts cryptologic mission reports and emergency action plans; conducts quality control and release of time-sensitive reports; and complies with classified information storage, transportation, and protection requirements. CTRCM: Able to perform the duties required for CTRCS; determine report-ability and urgency of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) information; selects appropriate supporting or refuting information for inclusion in a Signals Intelligence report; analyzes Signals Intelligence within target context; develops a bottom line on which to base reports and selects an appropriate story format; develops relationships to mission requirements, operating procedures, and communications target procedural identification techniques; writes a thorough, yet concise, report and title in accordance with tasking requirements and other relevant governing policy; complies with classified information and protection requirements; supervises signals collection, analysis, reporting, SI communications, and assigned personnel; allocates SIGINTcollection resources and adjusts tasking as required; drafts cryptologic mission reports and emergency action plans; conducts quality control and release of time-sensitive reports; and complies with classified information storage, transportation, and protection requirements.

Related Competencies
Computer applications topics include basic computer skills; business-oriented problem solving; data entry; file management; hardware; presentation development; software applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and software installation. Database applications topics include ad hoc queries, client-server network capabilities, creating standard reports, and database system administration. Technical writing topics include appropriate styles and format, audience analysis, graphics, instructional manuals, page layout designs, technical reports, techniques for gathering and interpreting presentation information, and web pages. Supervision topics include counseling, evaluation and performance appraisal, mentoring, organizational staffing, planning, rewards motivation, and supervisory reports. Network management topics include appropriate network software application, network configuration, network installation, and network management. Security operations topics include data and system security, digital signatures, encryption, protecting data as it moves through a network, reliability, and threats to the computer system. Project management topics include evaluation, forecasting, human needs assessment, quality control, reporting status and progress to supervisors, task execution, trend analysis, and workload management. Network systems administration topics include account activation, computer network construction, computer network maintenance, hardware, network performance and troubleshooting, network topologies, routers and switchers (installing and configuring), security controls, and software. Presentation techniques topics include audience engagement, delivery methods, multimedia, and planning and preparation.

Recommendation, CTR3
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in computer applications, 3 in database applications, and 1 in technical writing (11/06)(11/06).

Recommendation, CTR2
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in computer applications, 3 in database applications, 2 in technical writing, 3 in supervision, 3 in network management, and 2 in security operations (11/06)(11/06).

Recommendation, CTR1
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in computer applications, 3 in database applications, 2 in technical writing, 3 in supervision, 3 in network management, and 2 in security operations (11/06)(11/06).

Recommendation, CTRC
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in computer applications, 3 in database applications, 2 in technical writing, 3 in supervision, 3 in network management, and 2 in security operations. In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in project management, 3 in network systems administration, and 3 in presentation techniques (11/06)(11/06).

Recommendation, CTRCS
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in computer applications, 3 in database applications, 2 in technical writing, 3 in supervision, 3 in network management, and 2 in security operations. In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in project management, 3 in network systems administration, and 3 in presentation techniques (11/06)(11/06).

Recommendation, CTRCM
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in computer applications, 3 in database applications, 2 in technical writing, 3 in supervision, 3 in network management, and 2 in security operations. In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in project management, 3 in network systems administration, and 3 in presentation techniques (11/06)(11/06).

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