1N6X1 - Electronic System Security Assessment

Air Force Enlisted Job Description

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Emulates the role of a hostile intelligence service (HOIS) by collecting, analyzing, and processing Department of Defense (DoD) telecommunications, such as telephone, computer-to-computer (C2C), facsimile, radio, and wireless transmissions. Applies analytical processes and determines critical information potentially compromised and exploited by HOIS threats.

Peacetime support focuses on identifying adverse operations security (OPSEC) trends and practices. Contingency and exercise support focuses on force protection. Supervises Electronic System Security Assessment (ESSA) operations, including initial and in-depth analysis of monitored friendly telecommunications. Performs analysis and reporting functions at theater level ESSA Centrals (ESSAC). Briefs commanders at all levels of potential intelligence vulnerabilities. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 233.

Duties and Responsibilities

Monitors, processes, analyzes and reports friendly telecommunications vulnerabilities. Applies OPSEC/ESSA techniques to collected and processed data, identifying deficiencies and weaknesses. Receives, records, and correlates collected telecommunications data on which preliminary processing and analysis have been performed. Evaluates results of ESSA activities in terms of accuracy, relative mission priority, and bearing on overall OPSEC patterns or trends.

Leads and directs theater-wide ESSA operations in support of the Air Force's core competency - Information Superiority. Supports Air Force Defensive Counterinformation (DCI) efforts and activities. Collects and reports specific DCI events per Air Force guidance.

Compiles and maintains databases. Establishes database requirements and maintains data on military and related operations, telecommunication vulnerabilities, and threat information. Applies data automation to ESSA mission procedures and products to improve operational capabilities.

Prepares reports. Assembles information and prepares ESSA reports in either immediate or summary format. Prepares reports reflecting telecommunication weaknesses and trends, and recommends measures to counter or protect communications weaknesses. Prepares and distributes reports on hostile intelligence threats, communications vulnerability, and prepares and presents briefings on same. Evaluates finished reports and provides assistance to formulate effective corrective actions to problem areas.

Develops and executes plans and concepts for participating in ESSA and operations. Develops new collection, processing, and analysis procedures. Devises procedures and systems to meet changing telecommunications requirements. Prepares specifications for assessment of designated communication nodes. Develops procedures to compile, correlate, evaluate, and report telecommunications data. Evaluates plans and concepts developed for planner or executor participation in ESSA and operations.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge is mandatory of: information operations (IO), critical information listings (CIL), capabilities of tactical, strategic, and support command, control, communication, and computer (C4) systems of friendly forces; C4 equipment and nodes; methods by which C4 is exercised over Air Force and friendly forces; friendly C4 terminology, systems, and employment; ESSA directives and monitoring equipment; intelligence processes and functions; analysis techniques that can be applied to friendly telecommunications; friendly forces' code authentication and call sign systems; procedures for handling, distributing, and safeguarding classified defense information; map reading and plotting; geography; database information analysis and correlation processes; web browsing; friendly and hostile intelligence organizations, systems, and capabilities; conduct of friendly communications vulnerability and criticality assessments developing, evaluating, and applying protective or counter C4 procedures against hostile attack; application of DoD and United States Air Force (USAF) directives to ESSA missions or operations, and USAF or friendly forces classification guides.

For entry into this specialty, completion of high school is desirable.
For entry into this specialty, completion of high school and general computer knowledge is desirable.

The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

  • 1N651. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N631. Duty position certification as a junior analyst. Also, experience collecting and processing friendly telecommunications.
  • 1N671. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N651. Duty position certification as a senior analyst.
  • 1N691. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N671. Also, experience managing electronic system security assessment functions and activities.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:
For award of AFSC 1N631, ability to operate a keyboard at 20 words per minute (wpm). For award and retention of AFSCs 1N631/51/71/91/00, eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501Personnel Security Program Management, and for access to sensitive compartmented information.

NOTE: Award of the 3-skill level without a final Top Secret clearance is authorized provided an interim TS has been granted according to AFI 31-501. For award of AFSC 1N651, ability to operate a keyboard at 30 wpm.

Note: This job requires a Sensitive Job Code- (SJC) of "F."

  • Strength Req: G
  • Physical Profile: 333121
  • Citizenship: Yes
  • Required Appitude Score: G-52 (Changed to G-62, effective 1 Jul 04).
  • Technical Training:
  • Course #: X3ABR1N631 005
  • Location: G
  • Length (Days): 52