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What's Happening at NSA/CSS Hawaii

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-05
Several senior NSA leaders visited NSA/CSS Hawaii. The facility is also upgrading its IT systems. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) What's Happening at NSA/CSS Hawaii FROM: Colonel Mark Westergren, USAF Signals Inte...

Check Out the Video on Governance

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-01
The first video on governance is available for viewing. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Check Out the Video on Governance FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: 12/...

SID Mailbag: Need-to-Share vs Need-to-Know

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-29
The NSA is trying to share more information within the intelligence community as recommended in the 9/11 Commission report. There are several factors that hamper information-sharing, including minimization rules, lack of bandwidth to transfer data, and training other agencies to understand signals intelligence.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SID Mailbag: Need-to-Share vs Need-to-Know FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: ...

A Tough Targeting Challenge: Skype

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-29
At the end of 2005, the NSA faced a serious challenge in spying on Skype calls. Compared to traditional phone calls, Skype introduces issues with target identification, collection, tracking, and decryption. “At this time, SIGINT targets have a method to freely obscure their communications on the global Internet, thus hindering our ability to collect vital communications intelligence.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (TS//SI) A Tough Targeting Challenge: Skype FROM: CT's Target Discovery (S2I61) Run Date: 11...

Senior ELINT Managers Visit Scandinavia

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-28
Several NSA directors went to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden to talk about the countries’ electronic intelligence and foreign instrumentation signals-gathering capabilities. The Scandinavian partners would like U.S. tools and training so that the countries’ systems are compatible to ease information-sharing. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Senior ELINT Managers Visit Scandinavia FROM: FAD's Technical Services Group (DP3) Unknow...

Success Against al-Zarqawi's Group in Northern Iraq

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-18
A tool called “Quadra Spectre,” developed and deployed in Iraq, correlates text messages and provides “near real-time” location data on suspected insurgents, cutting “days of painstaking analysis to mere hours” and creating a “snowball effect” that helped lead, over 90 days in northern Iraq, to the killing or capture of “134 high-level insurgents and countless associates.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) Success Against al-Zarqawi's Group in Northern Iraq FROM: CPT , USA CST Stryker Officer-i...

How Japanese SIGINTers Helped NSA

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-05-06
Japan’s Directorate for SIGNIT, or DFS, found the replacement for a signal that benefited “many organizations” in the U.S. intelligence community but disappeared in 2002 or 2003. To honor this discovery, the NSA allowed DFS to name the new signal.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) How Japanese SIGINTers Helped NSA FROM: FAD's Asia/Trans-Asia Office (DP15) Run Date:...

VICTORY GARDEN -- 'Growing' a Norwegian National FORNSAT Capability

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-02-07
The NSA has been helping the Norwegian Intelligence Service, or NIS, develop Norway’s foreign satellite, or FORNSAT, collection and processing. By the end of 2005, the NIS will have capability comparable to an NSA FORNSAT field site. “NIS remains one of NSA's closest SIGINT allies.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) VICTORY GARDEN -- 'Growing' a Norwegian National FORNSAT Capability FROM: FAD/Acquis...

NSA Tipoff Leads to Rescue of Serviceman in Afghanistan

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-11
The story of the rescue of a Navy SEAL wounded in a Taliban ambush that killed three of his comrades is known from the book and movie “Lone Survivor.” But the NSA's signals intelligence assistance in the search-and-rescue mission is little known and described here.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) NSA Tipoff Leads to Rescue of Serviceman in Afghanistan FROM: SIGINT Communications U...

SINIO Summer Seminar Future Military Capability in a Wartime Environment -- Dealing with an Unstable Environment

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-06
There will be a brown bag session on new “social intelligence” skills needed for post-combat work to stabilize societies after military victory. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (C) SINIO Summer Seminar Future Military Capability in a Wartime Environment -- Dealing with ...

Keeping Customer Account Managers Informed

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-08
Customer Account Managers coordinate communication with the agencies the NSA supports. Signals Intelligence Directorate staff need to keep their CAMs informed of their communications with members of these outside agencies. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Keeping Customer Account Managers Informed FROM: MG Richard Quirk, USA Signals Inte...

Monthly Update: What's Happening in the Customer Relationships Directorate

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-03
The Customer Relationships Directorate updates the rest of the Signals Intelligence Directorate on notable recent developments, including a restructuring to “more fully integrate NSA/CSS with the warfighter,” a close collaboration with GCHQ on the London bombings, and several promotions. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Monthly Update: What's Happening in the Customer Relationships Directorate FROM: Charles ...

Using SIGINT to Sniff Out Phony Passports (and Other Persona Identifiers)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-02
The NSA is now exploring ways to use passports and other official identification cards as a form of signals intelligence. Some countries include a checksum with passport serial numbers, and passports from these countries with incorrect checksums are likely fraudulent. Venezuelan passports will be the first analyzed as part of this exploration. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) Using SIGINT to Sniff Out Phony Passports (and Other Persona Identifiers) FROM: Counteri...

A Commander's Legacy

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-28
The outgoing commander of NSA/CSS Texas dispenses advice about life and leadership. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) A Commander's Legacy FROM: Chief, Communications /Public Affairs/ Policy, NSA/CSS Texas (...

The Special Operations Command -- 'The Quiet Professionals'

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-27
The origins of U.S. Special Operations Command are described. NSA staff have a presence at the command to provide signals intelligence and other services. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) The Special Operations Command -- 'The Quiet Professionals' FROM: USSOCOM Account Manager...

Data Acquisition (S3) Works on Governance

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-26
The NSA's data acquisition division has been working to review planning, resources, and mission alignment at 12 (or 23) data acquisition sites around the world.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Data Acquisition (S3) Works on Governance FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: 0...

SID/FAD Golf Tournament

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-25
The Signals Intelligence Directorate will host its first golf tournament. All golf teams must incorporate players with a variety of skill levels. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SID/FAD Golf Tournament FROM: Unknown Run Date: 07/25/2005 (U) For the first time ever,...

Redeem Star Awards by 12 August

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-21
Staff who have received a Star Award need to redeem it before it expires. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Redeem Star Awards by 12 August FROM: Deputy Chief, SID Human Resources Service Center (...

Letters to the Editor: Awards and High-Priority Targets

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-15
Anonymous staffers give feedback on the question of whether promotions are or should be based on one’s performance in high-priority signals intelligence missions.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Letters to the Editor : Awards and High-Priority Targets FROM: the SIDtoday Editor ...

Jobs Available in the CT Mission Management Center

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-31
There are job vacancies at the Signals Intelligence Directorate’s new Counterterrorism Mission Management Center. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Jobs Available in the CT Mission Management Center FROM: Charlie Meals Signals Inte...

Re-Invigorating the Collection Association

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-30
The Collection Association’s membership has shrunk in recent times, but it still presents yearly awards and is seeking new members.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Re-Invigorating the Collection Association FROM: Collection Association awards poc Run D...

'Leadership and Intelligence' SIGINT Assessments - A Breakthrough Waiting to Happen

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-29
Assessment Reports bundle all available signals intelligence alongside an analyst’s interpretation of these intercepts as evidence. A report produced by the NSA’s Libya team in 2002 zeroed in on a Libyan intelligence officer, Mohamed Ismail. Years later, the report proved crucial when he was implicated in a plot to assassinate the Saudi crown prince, which in turn led to the conviction of an American co-conspirator, Abdurahman al-Amoudi.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) 'Leadership and Intelligence' SIGINT Assessments - A Breakthrough Waiting to Happen FROM:...

Planning the Future of the Collection Skill Community

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-22
NSA staff is aging, and most new hires for signals intelligence collection positions arrive at the agency with inadequate training. Human resources and others have formed a committee to determine what skills are needed for these jobs, and how to create viable career development plans to ensure that the NSA is staffed to collect intelligence in a decade.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Planning the Future of the Collection Skill Community FROM: Charles H. Berlin III A...

SUSLAK's 'News of the World'

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-18
Since 1996, a Cryptologic Services Group special liaison in Seoul has been sending out an informal daily email newsletter for NSA staff targeting North Korea. The newsletter is focused on key intelligence issues encountered by U.S. Forces Korea. The liaison staffer is hoping to turn the newsletter into a blog, but is “not sure NSA’s computer systems or philosophy is ready for such a thing.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SUSLAK's 'News of the World' FROM: John Sharon CSG USFK/Ground (F45) Run Date: 08/18/2005...

When Seconds Count: Forwarding High-Priority Traffic

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-16
High-priority GSM data collected from Baghdad is sent to NSA Georgia. In late 2004, NSA Georgia reported that the delays in receiving this data hampered its ability to help troops on the ground in Iraq. The NSA made some changes to the tools used to select numbers to intercept and to the architecture in Baghdad, which has reduced these delays.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (TS//SI) When Seconds Count: Forwarding High-Priority Traffic FROM: Janice Strauss Deputy Chi...

Sensitive Metadata Analytic Collaboration (SMAC) Concept of Operations

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2006-10-01
This NSA briefing from October 2006 underlines how the Alice Springs Resolution of 2004, designed to allow “unfettered” metadata sharing within the Five Eyes, was put into action in the aftermath of the 7/7 London bombings, with procedures for use of the resulting SMAC system: see the Intercept article How London’s 7/7 Bombings Led to […]
SECRET//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//22012031 Sensitive Metadata Analytic Collaboration (SMAC) Concept of Operations October 2006 Background In June 2004 via the Alice Springs Resolut...

Contact Chaining

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Release Date: 2018-03-01
This undated GCHQ presentation, which includes speaking notes, outlines different techniques for contact chaining – moving from one contact to find all those associated with it: see the Intercept article How London’s 7/7 Bombings Led to “Unprecedented” Surveillance Tactics, 1 March 2018.
SECRET STRAP 1 Slide 15 © Crown Copyright. All rights reserved. This information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and may be subject to exemption under oth...

Who’s Who in Afghanistan?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2009-02-11
This 2 November 2009 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday explains how agency resources are deployed in Afghanistan: see the Intercept article The Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Who's Who in Afghanistan? FROM: (U//FOUO) Afghanistan/Pakistan Mission Managemen...

Czech Mates?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-03-29
This 2005 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday describes how the relationship between the agency and its Czech counterpart USZI developed into a “third party relationship”: see the Intercept article NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents, 1 March 2018.
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 Euro...

US, Czech and Japanese — All at the Same Table

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-22
This 2005 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday describes how the relationship between the agency and its Czech counterpart USZI developed into a “third party relationship”: see the Intercept article NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents, 1 March 2018.
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 Euro...

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