HQMC IMAGERY GEOSPATIAL PLANS
AND POLICIES BRANCH
December 2009 (Edition 1)
Table of Contents Page Tactical Imagery Analysis Course (TIAC)
Note from the Editor 1 The inaugural Marine Corps-owned and operated TIAC
commences in January 2010 at the National Geospatial-Intelligence
College (NGC) at Ft. Belvior, VA. This course will create a new
Tactical Imagery Analysis Course (TIAC) 1
generation of Marine 0241 Imagery Analysts to accomplish the
Marine Corps Imagery Intelligence mission. Marines assigned to
METOC Gaining Ground in GEOINT 2
design and develop the TIAC include MSgt Tyler Hammel, GySgt
Matthew Croy, GySgt Jonathan French, SSgt Robert Miller and SSgt
Intelligence Department Liaison Officer to Aviation 2 Scott Guilbault. They worked tirelessly to prepare this course for its
first students in January and have completed the task! Kudos
CGTC Motion Imagery Working Group (MIWG) Summit. 2 Gentlemen!
Future Operating Concept for Organic Airborne ISR 3 Of Note: An approved roster of 17 active duty Marines are
slated to attend the inaugural January 2010 course. Only 5 of the 17
Meteorology and Oceanography Doctrine 3 Marines currently have adjudicated Top Secret Sensitive
Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances. Per MCO
Topographic Survey Mission 3 1200.17A (MOS Manual), the Marine “must be eligible for a top
secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented
TEG-M AAR from the “STAN” 3 Information, based upon a Single Scope Background Investigation.”
The NGC is currently a TS/SCI facility, which adds escort
NGA MTT's to West Coast 4 responsibility for 12 Marines to those faculty and students with
adjudicated TS/SCI clearances. Parent commands must submit
Marine Corps Warfighting Publications (MCWP) Update 4 appropriate security clearance packages as early as possible, with
continuous follow-up through their SSOs to ensure those packages
get through the system. DONCAF validated interim TS/SCI
clearances are not accepted by NGC or NGA.
POC: GySgt Jourdan, HQMC-IPI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note from the Editor
During the last GEOINT Conference, one of the participants
recommended that IPI publish and disseminate pertinent GEOINT
news and information from the National Capital Region. Well, this
is our first attempt! So please forgive any typos and use of the
passive voice until we refine our editing procedures.
But why limit this to the Beltway? Our goal for the
Newsletter is NOT to highlight HQs, but to provide a way for the
entire USMC GEOINT community to share relevant information,
brag about your many accomplishments, and open a dialogue for
So, for future editions, HQMC-IPI personnel will accept short
paragraphs and “happy snaps” via e-mail for the GEOINT
Newsletter. I anticipate quarterly editions depending upon feedback
from the operating forces, as well as a SIPR version. Please ensure
that appropriate classification levels are used and that your chain of
command is informed. XMET Experimental METOC Sensor
POC: LtCol Dawn Alonso, HQMC-IPI Branch Head,
Intelligence Department Liaison Officer to Aviation METOC Gaining Ground in GEOINT
The Imagery/Geospatial Plans and Policy Branch (IPI) recently As the Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC)
staffed and gained approval of a Memorandum of Agreement between the occupational field (Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)
Intelligence and Aviation Departments to provide an Intelligence Liaison 68XX) continues its integration with Marine Corps
Officer (LNO) to aviation. This was deemed necessary because future Intelligence Community, their priorities focus on training and
Marine Corps manned and unmanned aircraft capabilities planning education. Within the past year, and for the first time ever,
requires intelligence subject matter expertise for doctrine, organization, METOC is developing and instructing follow-on curriculum
training and equipment needs pertaining to aircraft sensor data. The effort in direct support of gaining a true spatial perspective of the
is led by IPI because GEOINT comprises the preponderance of sensors environment.
initially available and common to all future airborne systems. Therefore,
the LNO will assist in coordinating the requirements for processing, The Applied Environmental Sciences Course (offered
exploiting and disseminating data collected via a myriad of emerging through both instructor-led distance learning and in residence)
airborne sensors and platforms. This highlights a deliberate effort to introduces students to the realms of Geoscience:
improve coordination between Intelligence and Aviation on matters of environmental geology, physical geography, hydrology,
shared interest with regard to future intelligence support by and to advanced meteorology, oceanography, numerical weather
emerging airborne sensors and platforms. This agreement will be prediction, and the space environment.
reviewed every six months.
The METOC Impacts Analyst Course (MIAC), just
POC: Capt Franz, HQMC-IPI, email@example.com finishing its first pilot, exposes junior METOC Marines (E-3
to E-5) to the Marine Corps Planning Processes and
Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace. The true intent of
the course is to identify and forecast environmental impacts
on any given Marine Air-Ground Task Force capability or
operation from the bottom of the ocean to the sun itself.
Conducting its second pilot run, the Riverine Analysis
and Forecasting Course (RAFC) provides students with an
introduction to: river environments, conduct of riverine
assessments and observations on local and remote levels,
detailed analysis via National Data Collection Agencies, and
forecasting a given river parameter.
All post-initial accession training is conducted at the
Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Professional
Development Center in Gulfport, MS or via the USMC
College of Continuing Education’s Blackboard Learning
RQ-7B Shadow UAS Management System.
POC: MSgt Hubler, NMOPDC, firstname.lastname@example.org
CGTC Motion Imagery Working Group (MIWG) Summit.
This years’ Community GEOINT Training Council (CGTC) hosted MIWG Summit was held 6 – 7 January 2010 at Goodfellow AFB in
San Angelo, TX. Please see this web link for summit registration. https://www-secure.jwfc.jfcom.mil/jemis/index.html
The Summit ran from 0800 - 1630 each day. To allow maximum time for discussion, we conducted a working lunch each day. Lunch
was ordered the morning of the conference and delivered to the conference location. Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the day.
The conference fee is $10 per day.
The Summit was open to all CGTC MIWG members. Due to space limitations, we can only host the first 40 individuals who register.
To allow maximum participation from all member organizations, please register no more than two individuals from each organization.
Registration for the summit closes on 23 December.
A full agenda will was sent out, with a final agenda posted on the unclassified Intellipedia website, located at
https://www.intelink.gov/wiki/CGTC_Motion_Imagery_Working_Group. Most of the conference was spent discussing the advanced motion
imagery (MI) core competencies list, discussions on next generation MI training and other MI standards issues. The Summit was conducted at
the SECRET//RELEASABLE level.
POC: Wendy Zeller, CGTC MIWG, email@example.com
Meteorology and Oceanography Doctrine Future Operating Concept for Organic
MCWP 3-35.7, MAGTF Meteorological and
Oceanographic Support, has been in various stages of revision
IPI is currently drafting a FOC for airborne ISR that
for several years. Marine Corps Combat Development
will encompass GEOINT, SIGINT and Advance Geospatial
Command’s (MCCDC) Action Officer for the Intelligence
Intelligence (AGI) collection and related processing,
Integration Division (IID) recently revised the Publication
exploitation and dissemination issues. It will serve as a
Development Order (PDO) to get things back on schedule.
guideline on the employment of future airborne collection
The METOC community continues to evolve under
platforms in accordance with Marine Corps Vision and
reorganization and transformation plans; therefore it is
Strategy 2025. A target date for initial staffing through the
important that these doctrinal changes are captured in this
Operating Forces is 01 February 2010.
MCWP revision. The author’s draft is 70% complete and
represents a near complete rewrite that accounts for changes
POC: Capt Franz, HQMC-IPI, firstname.lastname@example.org
to Joint METOC Doctrine and the developing relationship
between METOC and Marine Corps Intelligence. Of
particular interest is the reorganization of METOC structure
within the Marine Expeditionary Force Intelligence Battalion
and pending decision from the lead METOC advocate,
DC/AVN, on functional realignment of METOC capabilities
within the Marine Aircraft Wing.
POC: Capt Hillman, MAWTS-1, email@example.com
USMC Topographic Survey Mission…It is
here to stay in Intel
The DIRINT recently concurred with an IPI Decision Paper Tactical Exploitation Group - Main (TEG-M)
addressing 0261 Topographic Survey capabilities and After Action Report (AAR) from the “STAN”
doctrinal missions discussed during an earlier ESAG. The
Decision Paper recommended retention of this capability GySgt J.D. Caraway recently returned from his deployment to
within the 0261 community. Our Geodetic Survey capability Afghanistan with 2nd MEB. GySgt Caraway’s purpose for
is unique not just to the Marine Corps, but across the deploying with the 2nd MEB was to put the TEG-M back into
Department of Defense. It also provides highly accurate data action. TEG-M is the “T/O Weapon” of the Marine Imagery
of the earth that may not be available from any other agency - Analyst. The TEG-M is the static MEF-level imagery ground
at least in a timely manner. In addition, 33x 0261 billets are station and exploitation capability facilitating imagery
designated as Geodetic/ Hydrographic Surveyors across the intelligence support for operations. The TEG-M deployed for its
three MEFs. Despite a decrease in recent Topo survey first operational deployment since the “road march to Baghdad”
missions over the past few years, the DIRINT's decision in 2003. The 3rd Intel Bn Detachment Commander commented
enables Marine Corps Intelligence to retain this unique skill on the 90-day assessment that, “TEG has made a historical
set and collection capability for future use, as well as the comeback to the imagery community.” You can read GySgt
manpower structure supporting it. For more information on Caraway’s AAR at the HQMC-IPI page on the SIPRNET at:
what Topo Survey can do for the MAGTF Commander, http://gccsportal.mcw.ad.usmc.smil.mil/sites/intel/ip/ipi/Pages/de
contact MSgt Richards. And if you have a Survey story for fault.aspx
the GEOINT Newletter, send to MSgt Richards.
POC: GySgt Jourdan, HQMC-IPI,
POC’s: MSgt Richards, HQMC-IPI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine Corps Warfighting Publication (MCWP) Update
In January 2009, MCCDC identified a list of Marine Corps publications due for review. Two of those were MCWP 2-21, Imagery
Intelligence and MCWP 2-26, Geographic Intelligence. MCCDC will issue a PDO in January 2010 on both MCWP’s, which grants 22
months to complete the review. Mr. Steve Crittenden, an IID contractor working doctrine issues has been working with HQMC-IPI on this
In June 2009, HQMC-IPI sponsored the 2009 USMC GEOINT Conference at the Fleet Intelligence Training Center Pacific
(FITCPAC) in San Diego, CA with the primary purpose of re-writing MCWP 2-21 and MCWP 2-26; 0241 and 0261s constituted the bulk of
attendees. Each MOS broke into working groups to review and update their respective publication.
MCWP 2-21 Imagery Intelligence: Publication review is 50% complete. Chapters 1 and 2 are under review and 5 appendices have
been updated. Outstanding information pending from the operational forces is still needed to complete portions of the publication. The list
of those items and to whom they were assigned is posted on the HQMC Intel SharePoint site at:
https://ehqmc.usmc.mil/org/intel/IP/IPI/usmc_geo_ws/default.aspx. This is the USMC GEOINT Workspace link on the IPI page. The
document is titled 2009 GEOINT Imagery After Action Items and updated as items are revised in the MCWP 2-21.
MCWP 2-26 Geographic Intelligence: Publication review is 80% complete with two chapters outstanding. New editions include a
bibliography listing all relevant publications, orders and directives pertaining to Geospatial Information in the Marine Corps. This also
includes all training related references and publications from the school at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Another addition was provided by The School of Geospatial-Intelligence (TSG) under Appendix O, Geographic Intelligence
Specialist Core Tasks. It was included to assist those unfamiliar with the 0261 MOS by providing a primer on analytic skills these Marines
provide the warfighter. The remaining chapter will be updated via MCCDC IID during the staffing process to the operational forces. The
most recent revision is available at the Integrated Team Solutions Facility SharePoint portal. If you do not have access, contact GySgt Adam
Myers, TPC Project Officer supporting DCGS-MC. https://think.mtcsc.com/sites/TPC/default.aspx
POC’s: MSgt Richards, HQMC-IPI, email@example.com and GySgt Jourdan, HQMC-IPI, firstname.lastname@example.org
NGA Mobile Training Teams (MTT) heads to the West Coast to Train
Chris Matthews, NGA Support Team for I MEF, has coordinated several NGC MTTs for 1st Intelligence and 1st Reconnaissance
Battalions on the below listed subjects. Additionally, 1st Intelligence Battalion will be receiving several classified briefings from NGA's
The briefings and MTT's are centered around training the All-Source, Topographic and Imagery Marines who will man the
Intelligence Operations Center and those augmenting the Regimental Combat Team-7 S-2 in support of Marine Expeditionary Brigade
operations within Helmand providence, Afghanistan.
Course Training Unit receiving training Organization providing training
Geo Database and Management Course Topographic Plt NGA College
Spectral Exploitation and Analysis Course Topographic &Imagery Plt NGA College
Motion Imagery Course Imagery Plt NGA College
Commercial Remote Sensed Imagery Course Topographic & Imagery Plt NGA College
Falcon View course 1st Recon Bn NGA College
Counter-Drug training All-Source Fusion, Topo, IIP DIA Counter-Drug and Trafficking
POC: Chris Matthews, NGA NST Rep, 1 IntelBn, email@example.com