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NSAer Investigates Computers Seized in Raids in Iraq (repost)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-29
Repost: An NSA staffer on a “Media Exploitation team” in Iraq describes recovering pornography and videos of beheadings from computers seized in raids or from detainees. “One of our ‘customers,’ the 5th Special Forces, said that porn was extremely useful in breaking down the detainees who maintained that they were devout Muslims, but had porn on their computers,” the staffer wrote.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) NSAer Investigates Computers Seized in Raids in Iraq (repost) FROM: Acquisition Security ...

Success Against al-Zarqawi's Group in Northern Iraq (repost)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-29
Repost: 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 (repost) FROM: CPT , USA CST Stryker ...

NSA Tipoff Leads to Rescue of Serviceman in Afghanistan (repost)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-27
Repost: The story of the rescue of a Navy SEAL wounded in a Taliban ambush that killed his three comrades is known from the book and movie “Lone Survivor.” But the NSA’s little-known signals intelligence assistance in the search and rescue mission is 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 (repost) FROM: SIGINT Communi...

What We Can Learn from 'Play Station,' Grooming Leaders, and More: An Interview with REDACTED

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-21
The chief of Information-Sharing Services reflects on his achievements to SIDtoday. He believes that the NSA needs to do a better job of developing and retaining young staff who can take on leadership roles and discusses several projects he’s had a hand in developing. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) What We Can Learn from 'Play Station,' Grooming Leaders, and More: An Interview with FRO...

Governance Videos Update

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-20
A video of Signals Intelligence Director Richard Quirk’s presentation on governance is now available on employee desktops. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Governance Videos Update FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: 12/20/2005 (U) On...

When the 'Traffic Fairy' Lets You Down

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-14
A targeting expert helps users of the PINWALE system diagnose problems that may result in garbled or missing data, leading analysts to believe their target has stopped communicating. This is not always the case; an attempt to acquire Central American airline reservation data failed until it was realized that the data flow was encoded using an old IBM character set, rather than the expected ASCII.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) When the 'Traffic Fairy' Lets You Down FROM: Target Development Branch, Yakima Research S...

Big 'A', Little 'p' -- A&P's Assessment Reports

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-13
The deputy director for analysis and production is encouraging a department-wide production of assessment reports, which provide deep context and analysis from analysts with experience on the target. NSA senior leadership has heard from customers “that such reporting is simply invaluable to them.” A new team will provide assistance. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Big 'A', Little 'p' -- A&P's Assessment Reports FROM: Carl Johnson SID/Deputy Direc...

Losing Traffic and Wondering Why?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-13
The Resource Outage Coordination Center maintains SPRINGRAY, a database of all outages across the NSA. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Losing Traffic and Wondering Why? FROM: Janice Strauss Deputy Chief, CSRC's Office of Tar...

SID Mailbag: SID and the Open Architecture Design

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-08
An update on the building and office design of the NSA’s new facility in Hawaii, along with statistics on the responses and commends from signals intelligence analysts about design decisions. “There was a very strong support for the use of natural light and open space to support the collaborative environment that is shown in the model.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) SID Mailbag: SID and the Open Architecture Design FROM: SIGINT Communications Unkno...

Inquiring Minds ... What Does Governance Mean?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-07
Governance is management, according to the Signals Intelligence Communications team. A new framework from senior leadership has four governance tasks and 17 subordinate responsibilities. Task #4 is “support the development of Computer Network Attack (CNA) capabilities and operations.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Inquiring Minds ... What Does Governance Mean? FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Da...

Retirement Open House for Charlie Meals

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-07
The Signals Intelligence Directorate Protocol Team invites all staffers to an open house for retiring Deputy Director Charlie Meals. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Retirement Open House for Charlie Meals FROM: SID Protocol Team Unknown Run Date: 12/07/2...

SINIO Seminar-- Russia: Power, Politics, and Foreign Policy

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-06
The last strategic issues seminar of the year will look at Russia in anticipation of the end of Vladimir Putin’s term as president in 2008.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SINIO Seminar-- Russia: Power, Politics, and Foreign Policy FROM: Marilyn Maines Deputy C...

Japanese SIGINT Organization Hosts Russian Analytic Conference

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-06
DFS, the Japanese equivalent of the NSA, hosted a conference to discuss capabilities against Russian targets, including DFS’s ability to track Russian nuclear submarines 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Japanese SIGINT Organization Hosts Russian Analytic Conference FROM: NSA/CSS Japan R...

'Fun Travel' to a Top Secret Awards Ceremony

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-01
A winner of a “Denial & Deception” award describes the locked-down awards ceremony at CIA headquarters. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (C) 'Fun Travel' to a Top Secret Awards Ceremony FROM: Treasurer of the Crypto-Linguistic Ass...

What a Wonderful Ride!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-24
Signals Intelligence Deputy Director Charlie Meals announces his retirement. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) What a Wonderful Ride! FROM: Charlie Meals SIGINT Deputy Director Run Date: 11/24/2005 (...

Tour of a Lifetime in Baghdad

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-21
An executive assistant volunteered for six-month deployment to Baghdad and describes it as the “best and most rewarding job” of her 28-year NSA career.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Tour of a Lifetime in Baghdad FROM: (former) Exec, NCR Iraq Run Date: 11/21/2005 (U) A s...

Letter to the Editor: Please Don't Utilize That Word!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-18
NSA old-timers recall a directly worded memo from an NSA director about the use of the word “utilize.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Letter to the Editor: Please Don't Utilize That Word! FROM: the editor Unknown Run Date: ...

SINIO Seminar: Turkey and EU Accession

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-16
A seminar will address the prospect of Turkey’s membership in the European Union. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) SINIO Seminar: Turkey and EU Accession FROM: Marilyn Maines Deputy Chief, Strategic...

Drop and Give Me Five!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-16
Signals Intelligence Directorate staffers are encouraged to donate to a federal charitable campaign. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Drop and Give Me Five! FROM: Wayne Murphy SID CFC Keyworker Run Date: 11/16/2005 "Hey, y...

Attend the Speech about 'Innovation on Demand'

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-15
A business expert on “user-centered design” will address NSA staff in an unclassified event. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Attend the Speech about 'Innovation on Demand' FROM: Secretary, Science & Engineering Soc...

Have a Seat, Ambassador

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-15
When a U.S. ambassador visits the Signals Intelligence Directorate’s Analysis & Production International Security Issues office, they typically engage in a roundtable discussion on current issues relating to the country, and then the ambassador is given a view of the work of a SIGINT analyst at a workstation. Sometimes they can listen in to a (pre-selected) voice cut in the relevant language. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Have a Seat, Ambassador FROM: International Security Issues, Operations Staff (S2C094) Ru...

Giving Thanks

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-14
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Charlie Meals encourages Signals Intelligence Directorate staff to contribute to a federal charitable campaign. Nine percent already have.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Giving Thanks FROM: Charlie Meals SIGINT Deputy Director Run Date: 11/14/2005 It's hard ...

What's SID's High School Work-Study Program All About?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-01
High school juniors can apply for paid work-study jobs as clerical assistants or computer aides senior year if they are enrolled in business computers or office technology classes, have a “B” GPA, and their schools sponsor work experience programs. In 2005, 42 graduates were kept on.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) What's SID's High School Work-Study Program All About? FROM: SID Human Resources Service ...

The Special Operations Command Takes the Lead on Planning the Defeat of Terrorism

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-31
The Special Operations Command leads the military’s efforts against Al Qaeda high-value targets. When it receives intelligence about the movements of such targets, the command issues special alerts called “brown-moose” messages to begin a process to “find, fix, and finish fleeting terrorist targets.” All of the combatant commands and intelligence agencies are involved in this process. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//REL) The Special Operations Command Takes the Lead on Planning the Defeat of Terrorism FR...

New Session Added: Brown Bag on 'Persona Session Collection'

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-28
An additional session has been scheduled for a top-secret discussion of strategies and tools for discovery and collection of the communications of important targets.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (C//SI) New Session Added: Brown Bag on 'Persona Session Collection' FROM: SIGDEV - Strategy ...

CT Staff and Augmentees Focus on Bombings in Britain

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-27
After the July 2005 London bombings, 22 analysts from across the Signals Intelligence Directorate were assigned to help exploit data relating to that event. Those analysts have now returned to their former jobs. But the counterterrorism team has been approved for new staff positions, and there are 29 vacancies open for applications.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) CT Staff and Augmentees Focus on Bombings in Britain FROM: Carl Johnson SID/Deputy Di...

Challenges - What Can You Do For the Nation?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-26
The NSA has deployed over 300 people in the field to support the missions of U.S. Central Command. Most of those positions are 90-180 day rotations. Keeping those positions staffed is a challenge and Signals Intelligence Directorate employees are encouraged to apply for CENTCOM assignments overseas or in Tampa, Florida. Analysts with language skills in Pashto, Arabic, Dari, and Kurdish are also needed.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Challenges - What Can You Do For the Nation? FROM: CENTCOM Account Manager (S113) Run Dat...

ODNI Watch Center - Because America Demands Our Best

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-21
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is recruiting for open positions at the ODNI Watch operations center.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) ODNI Watch Center - Because America Demands Our Best FROM: Deputy Director, ODNI Watch Op...

Is NSA Going Deaf? What Is 'Golf Cart Reporting'? -- An Interview With REDACTED

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-19
SIDtoday interviews the deputy chief of the Middle East and North Africa product line. His team faces a personnel shortage and has to creatively onboard new staff who receive little training. He believes that new communications technology presents an advantage to the NSA, as the agency can spy on more intimate, firsthand communications from targets.  
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Is NSA Going Deaf? What Is 'Golf Cart Reporting'? -- An Interview With MENA's FROM: ...

Life as a TLO in Oslo

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-14
A technical liaison officer stationed in Norway describes his job working with the Norwegian Intelligence Service and the Finnish Intelligence Research Establishment. There have been numerous recent outages in communications between the NSA and NIS facilities, and upgrades will be implemented. Finland is a new signals intelligence partner, and the relationship is growing. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Life as a TLO in Oslo FROM: (S//SI) TLO Oslo Run Date: 10/14/2005 (S//SI) A Technic...

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