Title: Another Successful Olympics Story

Release Date: 2017-04-24

Document Date: 2004-10-06

Description: SID spent more than a year planning for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, collaborating across different areas of SID and with other intelligence agencies to gain access to communications systems and providers in Greece.

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(U) Another Successful Olympics Story
FROM:
Collection Strategies and Requirements Center (S3C)
Run Date: 10/06/2004

(S//SI) Like the athletes themselves, Data Acquisition (DA) expended countless hours in
preparation for the 2004 Athens Olympics. The Collection Strategies and Requirements Center
(CSRC) Olympics Strategists worked with people and organizations from across the Extended
Enterprise to create a SIGINT Campaign Strategy focusing on support to the Games. Unlike the
athletes, when the Olympics are over, the NSA team is hoping you won't even know they were
there. Instead of Olympic gold, their goal was making sure the Olympics proceeded without
terrorist incident and that the approximately 10,500 athletes from over 200 countries, millions
of fans, and the international press could focus on the sporting events in the Olympic spirit of
peaceful competition.

(S//SI) Starting in 2002, CSRC Strategists,
,

and
, worked with Customer Relations Division (CRD) and external customers to
document previously unstated Information Needs. Teaming with SIGDEV and Analysis and
Production (A&P) to ensure that an analytic attack was in place and that targets' social networks
were defined, these strategists examined the evolving communications network being built for
the Games, determined gaps in SIGINT access, and directed fielding of collection and forwarding
systems. And all this was before the torch was lit signifying the Opening of the Games of the
XXVIII Olympiad. In short, the team followed the SID Operating Principles to systematically
analyze what our customers needed and planned how the SIGINT system would meet those
needs.
(S//SI) When the plan went into the implementation phase, the CSRC monitored the effort. This
was simplified through the use of an Info Work Space (IWS) virtual room dedicated to the
Games, which allowed Intelligence Community professionals from across the Extended
Enterprise, including Denver, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) 24/7 multiINT Olympic watch, NSAW, and those deployed in Athens itself, to coordinate operations
smoothly.
(TS//SI) Given the broad scope of the Games, all DA Groups played a part in improving access,
collection, and forwarding of traffic. For example, prior to the start of the Olympics:
Commercial Technologies Group worked with vendors to learn about communications
being installed to support the Olympics;
CSRC gathered data from CIA documenting the GSM networks active in Athens;
Special Source Operations improved mid-point cable access to DNI and voice targets in
Greece;
SCS Athens fielded additional capabilities to bring traffic back to NSAW;
Tailored Access Operations performed CNE operations against Greek communications
providers.
Additional support during the Games included fielding three remote collection teams (one each
from Link Access, Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services, and the SCS) active in the Athens
area to fill collection gaps.
(S//SI) After this year's gold medal performance, what comes next? Well, the CSRC started
looking into the issues of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy months ago.

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