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The New Breed of SIGINT Reporting

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-25
First Instance Reporting is a new type of reporting that allows “forward-deployed” signals intelligence personnel “to push information out much earlier in the production cycle.” So far, there have been 3,300 such reports, including information about the inspection of uranium processing activities in Iran, Russian government knowledge of a terrorist plot, and others.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) The New Breed of SIGINT Reporting FROM: D/Chief, Field Operations Office, Special Collec...

2004 Gold Nugget Award Winner Named

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-12
An agency expert on GSM technology exploitation won the Gold Nugget Award for achievement in the field of traffic analysis. The analyst was the first to identify and read GSM text messages via Signaling System No. 7. Previously, he exploited prepaid calling cards and helped begin to extract “cellular prepaid validation metadata.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) 2004 Gold Nugget Award Winner Named FROM: Asst. Director, Intelligence Analysis Ski...

IG Office Studies R&D; Laboratories' Access to SIGINT

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-07
The NSA’s inspector general will be studying access to signals intelligence by military and civilian research and development laboratories. Signals Intelligence Directorate staff may be interviewed. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) IG Office Studies R&D Laboratories' Access to SIGINT FROM: Assistant Inspector Gene...

What SIGINT Revealed About the Egyptian Election

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-05
The NSA’s Egypt team detected “the clear intention of security authorities to tamper with the results” of a referendum on how to conduct the Egyptian presidential election, including instructions on what the results would be before the referendum took place. But when the actual election came, signals intelligence showed “good evidence” of “no massive fraud” in the election result. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) What SIGINT Revealed About the Egyptian Election FROM: Senior Reporter/Subject-Matter...

SID Helping the Nation in Another Way: Through the CFC

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-04
Signals Intelligence Director Richard Quirk kicks off the annual Combined Federal Campaign by comparing the directorate’s previous giving to more generous NSA organizations. In 2005, there is great need due to Hurricane Katrina and SID’s goal is $750,000.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SID Helping the Nation in Another Way: Through the CFC FROM: MG Richard Quirk, USA Signal...

Mission Discernment - What's Tops on Our List?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-16
The NSA currently has 21 strategic priorities, determined in collaboration with the executive branch, the Department of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence. This list is known as the U.S. SIGINT System Strategic Mission List.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Mission Discernment - What's Tops on Our List? FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown ...

Letter to the Editor: About Skype...

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-13
A letter in response to a previous article about Skype points out that Special Collection Service sites may have access to Skype traffic, and that Skype also introduces a problem with USSID-18 compliance, or U.S. persons minimization procedures. “Anyone with any brains” will register their VOIP account with a U.S. phone number, even though they can use it anywhere in the world.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (TS//SI) Letter to the Editor : About Skype... FROM: the editor Unknown Run Date: 12/13/2005 ...

Charlie Meals: Thoughts as Retirement Approaches

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-09
Deputy Signals Intelligence Director Charlie Meals is retiring after a 40-year career. He rates SIGINT as now without rival among the intelligence disciplines. But there's room for improvement in analytics tools, IT infrastructure, and staff training.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Charlie Meals: Thoughts as Retirement Approaches FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run ...

Coming Soon to Mailboxes: New Government Travel Charge Cards

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-08
Bank of America will issue new credit cards to NSA employees to be used for work travel. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Coming Soon to Mailboxes: New Government Travel Charge Cards FROM: SID Travel Office (S02...

Lessons-Learned Working Group VTC -- Today

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-08
The Signals Intelligence Directorate has established a working group for “lessons learned” with the goal of identifying and sharing both success stories, as well as mistakes. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Lessons-Learned Working Group VTC -- Today FROM: Operation SIGINT Run Date: 12/08/2...

Going After al-Qa'ida - All of It

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-06
An order was signed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that broadened the war on terrorism beyond its focus on Al Qaeda senior leadership, granting U.S Special Operations Command the authority to target the entire Al Qaeda network within or outside of the Afghanistan and Iraq battlefields. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//REL) Going After al-Qa'ida - All of It FROM: NSA Liaison Officer to SOCOM (F1T) Run Date:...

META LION: A New PINWALE Search Engine for the Metadata Analyst

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-05
A search engine called META LION allows analysts “to more smartly search against the large, rich repository of metadata associated with” online intercepts.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) METALION: A New PINWALE Search Engine for the Metadata Analyst FROM: Analytic Know...

New NSA Foreign Affairs Corporate Board Kicks Off

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-30
A new quarterly leadership meeting will address partnerships with other countries. The NSA hopes to have more countries report on and analyze signals intelligence, rather than merely collecting it. The lack of policy on spying on computer network operations may hamper relationships with some partners. Additionally, the various directorates rely on different metrics to assess their successes, which may be a topic at a future meeting. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New NSA Foreign Affairs Corporate Board Kicks Off FROM: FAD's SIGINT Operations Gr...

New Policy on Modeling and Simulation

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-29
The NSA director has signed a new policy establishing a structure for oversight and coordination of modeling and simulation activities throughout the agency. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New Policy on Modeling and Simulation FROM: , Operations Research, Modeling and Sim...

Part II of Remembrance of NSA Thanksgivings Past...

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-23
More Thanksgiving meals overseas are remembered, with special reference to the Leyte albatrosses (called gooney birds) on Midway Island. No, the gooney birds were not on the menu. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Part II of Remembrance of NSA Thanksgivings Past... FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown R...

US, Czech and Japanese -- All at the Same Table

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-22
Representatives of the Czech External Intelligence Service, or UZSI, met with NSA counterintelligence and human intelligence support analysts at NSA headquarters. They traded information and software, and discussed collection of Russian communications. The Czech Republic is now an “official Third Party partner.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) US, Czech and Japanese -- All at the Same Table FROM: FAD's Central/Eastern Europe Office...

Bringing Governance to the USSS

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-21
By December, all personnel in the U.S. signals intelligence system will need to receive training in governance from their supervisors. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Bringing Governance to the USSS FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: 11/21...

OPSEC - Don't Forget About It!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-17
A fictional cartoon, Prudence the OPSEC Dragon, helps the Signals Intelligence Directorate think about what information needs protecting and how to protect it.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) OPSEC - Don't Forget About It! FROM: Prudence the OPSEC Dragon Sponsored by the SID OPSEC...

With NSA Help, Iraqi SIGINTers Make Great Strides

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-17
A Marine Expeditionary Force was “astounded” at reporting from Iraq’s signals intelligence agency, reports the chief of an NSA task force to rebuild the Iraqi agency. The Iraqi SIGINT Element, as the agency is known, recently was collecting over 5,000 calls per day with roughly 100 staff and “basic equipment.” Preparations were under way to give the agency the ability to intercept Global System Mobile phones and high-frequency communications.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) With NSA Help, Iraqi SIGINTers Make Great Strides FROM: Lt Col USAF IAD/Network Infr...

How Are We Doing? -- 1st-Quarter Review of the USSS Long Range Plan

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-03
The U.S. SIGINT System strategy is known as the “placemat.” The Signals Intelligence Directorate's outline of implementation plans and milestones to accomplish the strategic goals is available online, along with the most recent performance review. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) How Are We Doing? -- 1st-Quarter Review of the USSS Long Range Plan FROM: SIGINT Pe...

JAVLIN: Streamlining Second Party Multimedia Dissemination

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-29
Thanks to the new automated “JAVLIN” system, Second Party Partners can “provide multimedia reports directly to U.S. customers via INTELINK without manual intervention from NSA.” Before JAVLIN, every multimedia report was manually reviewed and classified using a U.S. classification marker. JAVLIN automatically classifies multimedia.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (C//SI) JAVLIN: Streamlining Second Party Multimedia Dissemination FROM: Tech Lead, Technolo...

Learn How Our Adversaries 'Hide the Real, Show the False': Upcoming NCS Course

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-26
A course on Adversarial Denial & Deception Analysis will be offered by the National Cryptologic School. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Learn How Our Adversaries 'Hide the Real, Show the False': Upcoming NCS Course FROM: SID ...

SIGINT Development Working Group Meets in Oslo, Norway

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-22
NSA and Norwegian Intelligence Service staff met in Oslo to work together on Russian high-frequency data networks, new generation systems on Russian naval ships and submarines, and a Russian sea rescue exercise. A new team was formed to look at changes in Russian satellite communications. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) SIGINT Development Working Group Meets in Oslo, Norway FROM: Foreign Affairs Officer ...

How I Spent MY Summer Vacation!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-22
A summer intern from Wellesley College knew nothing about satellites when she was assigned to the Overhead Collection Management Center. She emerged with an understanding of overhead vehicles and an appreciation of the NSA and her mentors and coworkers. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) How I Spent MY Summer Vacation! FROM: Overhead Collection Management Center (S3333) Run D...

New 'Persian Rapid Response Cell' Aims to Fill Linguistic Gulf

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-16
A new unit named the Persian Rapid Response Cell was formed to respond to crisis-related issues involving Iran and to mentor new Persian linguists. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New 'Persian Rapid Response Cell' Aims to Fill Linguistic Gulf FROM: PRRC Run Date:...

New Policy: Preserving Intellectual Capital in the Event of a Disaster

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-15
A new directive obligates Signals Intelligence Directorate staff to save materials designated “intellectual capital” to common shared drives and directories, so they can be recovered in case a disaster renders Fort Meade inoperable. Such materials can include source code, databases, and planning and procedure documents.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New Policy: Preserving Intellectual Capital in the Event of a Disaster FROM: Deput...

New Cell to Make SIGINT Assessment Reporting 'All That It Can Be'

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-13
A new department will focus exclusively on SIGINT Assessment reports, which are holistic analyses of all the information the NSA has on a certain target, often spanning years. These reports are popular within the community. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New Cell to Make SIGINT Assessment Reporting 'All That It Can Be' FROM: Carl Johnso...

Thanks and Congratulations to REDACTED

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-07
The former deputy director of data acquisition will move to work under the director for national intelligence. Two Signals Intelligence Directorate veterans will take over the Data Acquisition Directorate. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Thanks and Congratulations to FROM: MG Richard Quirk, USA SIGINT Director Run Date...

New USSID: Who Can Access Raw SIGINT

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-06
Members of the intelligence community classified as “SIGINT production-chain personnel” may access raw signals intelligence. A new directive, USSID CR610, dictates which employees qualify to view this material.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New USSID: Who Can Access Raw SIGINT FROM: and SIGINT Policy (S02L1) Run Date: 09...

SIGINT Counterterrorism Requirements Undergo Review

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-06
A meeting at the National Counterterrorism Center assessed the NSA’s role in cross-agency counterterrorism work, and a working group will consider gaps in the NSA’s collection practices that could help other agencies gather intelligence. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) SIGINT Counterterrorism Requirements Undergo Review FROM: SID Account Manager for ...

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