Situation: Terrorists have threatened to target Washington, D.C. power
stations and somewhere in the Washington D.C. Metro train/subway system,
likely in the National Mall area. You have been asked to produce an
assessment from a series of graphics depicting Washington, D.C. and
locations of electrical power plants, as well as metro stations and a map of
the underground track network. You have been given a series of imagery and
GIS map products, as well as other intelligence reports, signals
intelligence (SIGINT) and human intelligence (HUMINT).
SIGINT Intercept (Notional – for Education Purposes Only)
One week from the present date, a U.S. intelligence agency has intercepted a
cell phone conversation between a number from a Somali area code, 252, to a
person affiliated with the Al-Shabaab terrorist network. The conversation
was focused on the transfer of more money to buy D.C. Metrorail tickets for
a reconnaissance of the D.C Metro tunnel intersections, as well as sundry
increases in their spending money.
HUMINT (Notional – for Education Purposes Only)
An unnamed member of the Somali community in northern Virginia contacted the
FBI with information about two Somali and three Libyan men who recently came
from terrorist training camps in Somalia. The men were supposedly conducting
surveillance on the D.C. Metrorail lines and two D.C. power plants. The
informant had no information about when or exactly where they focused their
Questions: Using the above background information and the attached document,
which includes supporting graphics), develop a GEOINT assessment detailing
the following questions:
What are the most likely approaches to the D.C. power stations and why?
Which points along the D.C. Metro track system are likely targets and why?
In which D.C. police district do the power stations and likely metro
stations lie, and what are the implications?
What type of GEOINT sensors, of any type, might be employed to support
planning and response for an attack on the metro stations and power
stations? What airborne or spaceborne sensors would be useful? What
terrestrial sensors would be useful? What are the limitations of GEOINT in
this scenario? Ensure to be detailed when discussing airborne, terrestrial,
and space-based sensors, what they provide, and how the data and derived
GEOINT analysis can support law enforcement in this scenario.
What intelligence requirements can GEOINT not answer in this scenario? What
are GEOINT’s weaknesses?
Sources: Students should use a minimum of 6 scholarly references for this
assignment, which should included some of your course readings. Unsure of
what scholarly means, check out the FAQs in the APUS Library to answer
questions just like this one.
Keep in Mind: Your answers should focus on the GEOINT portion of this
exercise. Use the attached rubric as a guide.
1. Document Format.
a. MS Word document
b. One-inch (1″) margins
c. Times New Roman font
d. Twelve (12) pitch
e. 5-7 double-spaced pages
2. Citation Format: Chicago. As stated in the Academic Integrity Briefings,
information taken directly from another source must be placed in quotations
and cited following the Turabian format contained in the week one “lessons”
folder. You must cite all other information from your sources (to include
images), even if you do not quote directly. DIRECT QUOTING SHOULD BE KEPT TO
3. Graphics are allowed and encouraged for this assignment. However, this
paper should also have a minimum of 5 pages of double-spaced text, which
does not include your title page, graphics and bibliography.
4. As stated in the grading rubric, students must (1) employ imaginative
approaches to answer the question being asked; (2) display an impressive
command of the subject matter beyond the immediately obvious; (3)
demonstrate a high level of critical thinking, reflection of current and
world views, and genuine intellectual development; and (4) excel in
explaining all major points using multiple examples from the course readings
or individual research.
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