Multi-Disciplined Language Analyst

Work Role ID: 151  |  Workforce Element: Cyberspace Intelligence

What does this work role do? Applies language and culture expertise with target/threat and technical knowledge to process, analyze, and/or disseminate intelligence information derived from language, voice and/or graphic material. Creates, and maintains language specific databases and working aids to support cyber action execution and ensure critical knowledge sharing. Provides subject matter expertise in foreign language-intensive or interdisciplinary projects.

KSAT ID Description KSAT
22 * Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies. Knowledge
108 * Knowledge of risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk). Knowledge
1056 Knowledge of operations security. Knowledge
1157 * Knowledge of national and international laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity. Knowledge
1158 * Knowledge of cybersecurity principles. Knowledge
1159 * Knowledge of cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Knowledge
2099 Compile, integrate, and/or interpret all-source data for intelligence or vulnerability value with respect to specific targets. Task
2890 Advise managers and operators on language and cultural issues that impact organization objectives. Task
2891 Analyze and process information using language and/or cultural expertise. Task
2897 Conduct analysis of target communications to identify essential information in support of organization objectives. Task
2902 Evaluate and interpret metadata to look for patterns, anomalies, or events, thereby optimizing targeting, analysis and processing. Task
2905 Identify target communications within the global network. Task
2906 Maintain awareness of target communication tools, techniques, and the characteristics of target communication networks (e.g., capacity, functionality, paths, critical nodes) and their potential implications for targeting, collection, and analysis. Task
2910 Perform foreign language and dialect identification in initial source data. Task
2912 Perform or support technical network analysis and mapping. Task
2921 Scan, identify and prioritize target graphic (including machine-to-machine communications) and/or voice language material. Task
2922 Tip critical or time-sensitive information to appropriate customers. Task
2923 Transcribe target voice materials in the target language. Task
2924 Translate (e.g., verbatim, gists, and/or summaries) target graphic material. Task
2925 Translate (e.g., verbatim, gists, and/or summaries) target voice material. Task
2927 Identify foreign language terminology within computer programs (e.g., comments, variable names). Task
2930 Provide near-real time language analysis support (e.g., live operations). Task
2931 Identify cyber/technology-related terminology in the target language. Task
3022 Ability to communicate complex information, concepts, or ideas in a confident and well-organized manner through verbal, written, and/or visual means. Ability
3106 Knowledge of a wide range of basic communications media concepts and terminology (e.g., computer and telephone networks, satellite, cable, wireless). Knowledge
3154 Knowledge of classification and control markings standards, policies and procedures. Knowledge
3158 Knowledge of cyber operation objectives, policies, and legalities. Knowledge
3219 Knowledge of cyber operations. Knowledge
3225 Knowledge of data communications terminology (e.g., networking protocols, Ethernet, IP, encryption, optical devices, removable media). Knowledge
3298 Knowledge of how to extract, analyze, and use metadata. Knowledge
3338 Knowledge of intelligence reporting principles, policies, procedures, and vehicles, including report formats, reportability criteria (requirements and priorities), dissemination practices, and legal authorities and restrictions. Knowledge
3407 Knowledge of network security (e.g., encryption, firewalls, authentication, honey pots, perimeter protection). Knowledge
3450 Knowledge of principles and practices related to target development such as target knowledge, associations, communication systems, and infrastructure. Knowledge
3534 Knowledge of target, including related current events, communication profile, actors, and history (language, culture) and/or frame of reference. Knowledge
3616 Knowledge of the structure, architecture, and design of modern digital and telephony networks. Knowledge
3617 Knowledge of the structure, architecture, and design of modern wireless communications systems. Knowledge
3678 Skill in analyzing traffic to identify network devices. Skill
3689 Skill in applying various analytical methods, tools, and techniques (e.g., competing hypotheses; chain of reasoning; scenario methods; denial and deception detection; high impact-low probability; network/association or link analysis; Bayesian, Delphi, and Pattern analyses). Skill
3708A Skill in conducting social network analysis. Skill
3765 Skill in disseminating items of highest intelligence value in a timely manner. Skill
3867A Skill in recognizing technical information that may be used for target development including intelligence development. Skill
4086 Knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and policies. Knowledge
4087 Knowledge of target cultural references, dialects, expressions, idioms, and abbreviations. Knowledge
4094 Knowledge of networking and internet communications fundamentals (i.e. devices, device configuration, hardware, software, applications, ports/protocols, addressing, network architecture and infrastructure, routing, operating systems, etc.). Knowledge
4105 Knowledge of language processing tools and techniques. Knowledge
4106 Knowledge of analytic tools and techniques. Knowledge
4116 Knowledge of transcript development processes and techniques (e.g., verbatim, gists, summaries). Knowledge
4117 Knowledge of translation processes and techniques. Knowledge
4123 Skill in conducting research using all available sources. Skill
4124 Skill in translating target graphic and/or voice language materials. Skill
4125 Skill in complying with the legal restrictions for targeted information. Skill
4128 Skill in developing intelligence reports. Skill
4129 Skill in evaluating and interpreting metadata. Skill
4133 Skill in gisting target communications. Skill
4135 Skill in identifying non-target regional languages and dialects Skill
4140 Skill in prioritizing target language material. Skill
4141 Skill in providing analysis on target-related matters (e.g., language, cultural, communications). Skill
4148 Ability to review processed target language materials for accuracy and completeness. Ability
4149 Skill in transcribing target language communications. Skill
4152 Knowledge of specialized target language (e.g., acronyms, jargon, technical terminology, codewords). Knowledge
4165 Knowledge of obfuscation techniques (e.g., TOR/Onion/anonymizers, VPN/VPS, encryption). Knowledge
4167 Knowledge of target language(s). Knowledge
4169 Ability to apply language and cultural expertise to analysis. Ability
6900 * Knowledge of specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses. Knowledge
KSAT ID Description KSAT
915 Knowledge of front-end collection systems, including traffic collection, filtering, and selection. Knowledge
2243 Determine what technologies are used by a given target. Task
2434 Identify threat tactics, and methodologies. Task
2453 Identify collection gaps and potential collection strategies against targets. Task
2568 Make recommendations to guide collection in support of customer requirements. Task
2621 Provide SME and support to planning/developmental forums and working groups as appropriate. Task
2893 Assess, document, and apply a target’s motivation and/or frame of reference to facilitate analysis, targeting and collection opportunities. Task
2894 Collaborate across internal and/or external organizational lines to enhance collection, analysis and dissemination. Task
2896 Conduct all-source target research to include the use of open source materials in the target language. Task
2901 Perform quality review and provide feedback on transcribed or translated materials. Task
2909 Provide feedback to collection managers to enhance future collection and analysis. Task
2916 Provide requirements and feedback to optimize the development of language processing tools. Task
2919 Perform social network analysis and document as appropriate. Task
3048 Ability to function in a collaborative environment, seeking continuous consultation with other analysts and experts—both internal and external to the organization—in order to leverage analytical and technical expertise. Ability
3262 Knowledge of evolving/emerging communications technologies. Knowledge
3564 Knowledge of the data flow from collection origin to repositories and tools. Knowledge
3595 Knowledge of the organization, roles and responsibilities of higher, lower and adjacent sub-elements. Knowledge
3771 Skill in evaluating data sources for relevance, reliability, and objectivity. Skill
3772 Skill in evaluating information for reliability, validity, and relevance. Skill
3822 Skill in managing client relationships, including determining client needs/requirements, managing client expectations, and demonstrating commitment to delivering quality results. Skill
3861 Skill in recognizing denial and deception techniques of the target. Skill
3865 Skill in recognizing significant changes in a target’s communication patterns. Skill
3890 Skill in synthesizing, analyzing, and prioritizing meaning across data sets. Skill
3923 Skill in using non-attributable networks. Skill
4072 Knowledge of collection systems, capabilities, and processes. Knowledge
4073 Knowledge of the feedback cycle in collection processes. Knowledge
4078 Knowledge of target or threat cyber actors and procedures. Knowledge
4079 Knowledge of basic cyber operations activity concepts (e.g., foot printing, scanning and enumeration, penetration testing, white/black listing). Knowledge
4085 Knowledge of approved intelligence dissemination processes. Knowledge
4088 Knowledge of target communication profiles and their key elements (e.g., target associations, activities, communication infrastructure). Knowledge
4089 Knowledge of target communication tools and techniques. Knowledge
4090 Knowledge of the characteristics of targeted communication networks (e.g., capacity, functionality, paths, critical nodes). Knowledge
4095 Knowledge of concepts related to websites (e.g., web servers/pages, hosting, DNS, registration, web languages such as HTML). Knowledge
4097 Knowledge of network security implementations (e.g., host-based IDS, IPS, access control lists), including their function and placement in a network. Knowledge
4099 Knowledge of customer information needs. Knowledge
4108 Knowledge of the impact of language analysis on on-net operator functions. Knowledge
4113 Knowledge of the request for information process. Knowledge
4118 Skill in identifying a target’s network characteristics. Skill
4119 Skill in analyzing language processing tools to provide feedback to enhance tool development. Skill
4121 Skill in assessing a target’s frame of reference (e.g., motivation, technical capability, organizational structure, sensitivities). Skill
4134 Skill in identifying intelligence gaps and limitations. Skill
4160 Skill in interpreting traceroute results, as they apply to network analysis and reconstruction. Skill
4164 Skill in identifying language issues that may have an impact on organization objectives. Skill
4166 Knowledge of computer programming concepts, including computer languages, programming, testing, debugging, and file types. Knowledge