Title: Building the ARC (Professional Skills Inventory)

Description: Cryptologic workforce will be required to populate an intelligence community database (Analytic Resources Catalog) with information on expertise.

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(U//FOUO) Building the ARC (Professional Skills Inventory)
FROM: The DANCEHALL Team
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Run Date: 06/16/2003

(U) Despite the fact that the rain in Maryland has appeared to be endless at times recently, an
upcoming activity in SID-- the "build the ARC"-- is actually unrelated to our soggy weather
patterns!
(U//FOUO) Beginning today, 16 June, the S2 workforce will be asked to start populating a
database of skills, knowledge and abilities in support of the Intelligence Community's Analytic
Resources Catalog (ARC). Our Director, Lt Gen Hayden, supports NSA's participation in this
effort initiated by Mark Lowenthal, ADCI/AP (Assistant DCI for Analysis and Production). S2 will
be the first organization to provide data to the ARC, but eventually all analysts throughout the
NSA extended enterprise will be included in the database .
(U//FOUO) The datacalls will be conducted by the DANCEHALL Team using a tool called the
Cryptologic Volunteer Application (CVA). Simply entering data via CVA does not indicate,
however, that an employee is volunteering for a new placement or will be subjected to an
involuntary directed assignment solely on the basis of the skills information provided. Individuals
who would like to be considered for a move should follow the procedures described in the
Cryptologic Vacancy Application process to volunteer for a specific position. Likewise, we have
the assurance of the ADCI/AP that the ARC will not be used to locate mission experts within
individual Intelligence Community (IC) agencies for involuntary deployment.
(U//FOUO) The DANCEHALL team will notify individual Product Lines when each is to begin
participating in the inventory. At that time, all members of the product line will be provided with
working aids and contact information for DANCEHALL team members, should additional
assistance be required. The amount of time required varies depending on the breadth of target
expertise, but it is estimated that an average of 30 minutes of mission time per person is
required to complete the professional skills inventory. The accuracy, integrity, and thoroughness
of your responses are essential to conveying an appropriate picture of mission health within NSA
and the analytic capabilities of the IC. The ARC's mission areas for analytic expertise are aligned
to the 30 new National Intelligence Priority Framework issues from NSPD-26. Because data
collected on the expertise and experience of our workforce are also being applied to internal
mission management processes, including the S2 mission posture and ongoing efforts to
quantify and redress the JCS Intelligence Analysis Joint Monthly Readiness Review (JMRR)
deficiency, the survey must be completed by 100% of the workforce.
(U//FOUO) The Office of China and Korea (S2B) piloted the collection of data for the ARC in
early 2003. Their participation resulted in many improvements to CVA. The pilot also benefitted
S2B: DANCEHALL Team partners in Operations Research Modeling and Simulation will use the
input data to provide S2B management with mathematical modeling for technical health
assessments, gap analysis and resource optimization proposals.
(U) The DANCEHALL team and ARC developers thank you in advance for your participation and
cooperation. For further information, see the DANCEHALL homepage . If you have any
questions, contact the DANCEHALL Team at

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Document Date: 2003-06-16

Release Date: 2016-05-16

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