Imagery Analysis Capability Lead Defence Intelligence, UK MoD
Richard Elliot joined the Royal
Air Force in 1991 and from 2001 executed numerous IMINT leadership roles for UK
Defence and associated partners. Imagery analysis responsibilities were
principally COIN focussed, with significant provision of finished IMINT product
support to Op BANNER (3 years) and Op HERRICK (4 years). In addition to
overseeing continuous reachback
product delivery, Richard was employed for several on years on Tactical IMINT
Wing; developing nascent collection and PED capabilities in direct support to
operations, both from the Basrah
Contingency Operating Base, Iraq and Tornado Deployment in Al Udeid
Air Base, Qatar. Richard’s final RAF position was as the UK’s senior TLAM
Weaponeer and Geopositioning
Analyst, leading a joint integrated team in support of both contingency and
operational tasking in North Africa and the Middle East.
After retiring from military
life, Richard joined the Ministry of Defence as a civil servant. After
initially undertaking a Target Systems Analysis function, he was quickly
reassigned to the Dynamic Operations Mission Team and became the first senior
analyst in the UK’s recently established Time Dominant Analysis Team. In
addition to supporting TDAT, Richard concentrated the wider mission team’s
focus on Sub-Saharan Africa; this supported the development of the Operational
Collection and Assessment Plan, a process that provided I&W to recently
deployed UK troops.
In early 2018 and, after a brief
spell as a National GEOINT Officer within Defence Intelligence’s (DI) Middle
East Mission Team, Richard was appointed as Head of Profession for UK Imagery
Analysis and IMINT Capability Lead for DI. Richard continues to work in
close collaboration with UK partners (NCGI) and partners overseas (NGA, NATO,
EUCOM) ensuring the UK’s IMINT focus on resourcing, training, productivity,
standards and innovation continues to support both national and international
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