This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
A SOT-A (Special Operations Team-Alpha) is a signals intelligence–electronic warfare (SIGINT-EW) element of the United States Army Special Forces. They are low-level SIGINT collection teams that intercept and report operational and technical information derived from tactical threat communications through prescribed communications paths. The mission of a SOT-A is to conduct SIGINT/EW in support of information operations (unilaterally or in conjunction with other SOF elements) to support existing and emerging SOF missions worldwide.
SOT-A's are the direct descendants of the Army Security Agency's Special Operations Detachments (USASASODs).
SOT-As can detect, monitor, and exploit threat communications through communications transmission intercept and direction finding. SOT-As also can deploy with Special Forces Operational Detachments-A (SFODAs or A-teams) to provide SIGINT support for contingency, direct action, force protection, or MTT support. These functions may require SOT-As to:
- Deploy with a SFODA.
- Deploy independently and then join a deployed SFODA.
- Operate independently or with other SOT-As.
- Operate and train on advanced collection equipment provided by national intelligence agencies.
- Helicopter Touchdown,
- Small Boat
- Fast Rope
- Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE)
SOT-A team members can operate in remote and denied areas. In addition to their linguistic and SIGINT skills, SOT-As are trained in tactical and fieldcraft techniques.
SIGINT (Signals Intelligence)Edit
- Foreign languages
- Morse Code intercept (>20 GPM)
- Analysis and reporting
Advanced training may include:
Currently, there are three SOT-A sections per battalion at every Special Forces Group. A SOT-A team generally consists of four members.
- "FM 3-05.102 Army Special Operation Forces Intelligence" (PDF). Headquarters, Department of the Army. 31 August 2001: Glossary-23.
|This United States military article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|