SIGINT – New Trends

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090722-N-4995K-037 GULF OF OMAN (July 22, 2009) Operations Specialist 1st Class Eric Rodriguez stands the tactical information coordinator watch in the Combat Direction Center (CDC) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The CDC is responsible for gathering, processing, displaying and disseminating tactical information and intelligence to control stations throughout the ship. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)

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Signals intelligence (SIGINT) provides military troops with actionable intelligence and critical information. It is intelligence-gathering by interception of signals, whether communications between people or from electronic signals not directly used in communication. 

Global SIGINT markets are expected to reach $23.42 bn through 2029 from $15.75 bn in 2021, according to a market report by Researchandmarkets. The major growth of the market is anticipated from 2023 to 2027 when the majority of deployments of SIGINT will take place in ground-based SIGINT, space and unmanned aerial systems, and maritime SIGINT.

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has recently awarded Leidos with a five-year single-award contract for taking part in the development and modernization efforts in support of the NSA’s Technical Signals Intelligence (TechSIGINT) mission.

The company will support the TechSIGINT modernization efforts that develop and deploy new systems using cloud architectures and standardized NSA corporate infrastructures and services. The award holds a ceiling value of $300 million, according to the company’s announcement.

In the US and European nations, emphasis is put more on ELINT and combining COMINT with ELINT is a growing field of technical and operation strategy. The US is stronger in developing maritime SIGINT looking forward to growing tensions in the South China Sea. After coming back from wars in Afghanistan the US and NATO countries will show a reduction in ground-based tactical SIGINT needs. The future will be to fight wars with electronic countermeasures using space warcraft and UAVs, according to the market report.