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Photo Interpretation Student Handbook

May 29, 2015

By Melissa Hanham

This article was originally posted on Arms Control Wonk.

Sadly, there is no textbook for imagery analysis. I would love to contribute to one someday, but until that becomes an option, here’s the March 1996 Unclassified Photo Interpretation Student Handbook. I picked it up from from a rather unusual meeting on a DC trip and several students lovingly/begrudgingly scanned it for our benefit. It’s an excellent resource for identifying everything from transportation to military installations. You’re welcome!

Searching for silos? 

Sizing up subs? 

 

Seeking sulfur? 

Still not enough Photo Interpretation? Then check out the 1944 vintage stored at the University of Nebraska. It’ll help you verify vessels!

 

Melissa Hanham

Melissa Hanham is a Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). She supports CNS' research by investigating new techniques in open source analysis; incorporating imagery, remote sensing data, large data sets, 3D modeling, and other GIS data fusion. She is a regular contributor to the Arms Control Wonk blog, and co-teaches "Open Source Analysis for Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies" and "Geospatial Tools for Nonproliferation Analysis" at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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3 Comments

  1. Dan

    I really, really want some kind of open textbook for satellite/aerial image analysis. It feels like an obvious thing that should come out of the community around bellingcat.

    Reply
  2. Jobbe

    There are extensive guides for WWII aireal photograph analysis, though. Send me a message if you need input.

    Reply

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