AGO’s intelligence officers research, analyse and report on a country or region or a specific thematic international issue to meet the requirements of customers ranging from government leaders to tactical users.
AGO’s intelligence officers also work on a distinctive technical focus. As the exploitation of imagery is a key AGO activity, they place great importance on maintaining and developing their capability to use new technologies in areas such as remote sensing. Their intelligence officers liaise closely with Defence Science and Technology Group, national research organisations, academia and industry to help AGO make the most of emerging technologies.
AGO’s intelligence officers have a wide variety of specialist skills and knowledge including geographic information systems (GIS), information technology (IT), scripting and applications development, web services, design and functionality, database management and analysis and remote sensing in several disciplines, including radar, spectral and infrared. Their intelligence officers research and apply advanced techniques, and develop and transition valuable technology into operational applications or provide high-end technical support to analysts.
AGO also have several large-scale Defence projects that must be delivered over the next few years. In 2016, the Australian Government announced funding for space-related capabilities in the 2016 Defence White Paper. AGO is the lead agency for the DEF799 project to build the ground infrastructure to provide Australia with direct and timely access to commercial imaging satellites, and deliver Defence’s geospatial intelligence space-based capabilities over the next 30 years.
In order for AGO to deliver valued scientific and technical advice and building on these future capabilities, there is a need for a highly skilled science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce now and into the future.
A day in the life of an AGO intelligence officer
AGO work on a variety of interesting and stimulating team-based activities including:
If you are interested in finding out more about AGO, please visit their website at https://www.ago.gov.au.
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