Title: Conference Eyes Data Flow Among Second Parties

Release Date: 2017-04-24

Document Date: 2004-11-16

Description: The Five Eyes partners held a conference to discuss the standardization of data formats to ease the exchange of voice, text, fax, and digital network intelligence.

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(U) Conference Eyes Data Flow Among Second Parties
FROM:
Chief, Data Flow and Collection Forwarding (S3C3)
Run Date: 11/16/2004

(S//SI) How can we ensure that data flows (i.e. data exchange of text, DNI*, voice and fax)
between Second Parties are operating at maximum efficiency? This was the question addressed
at the Data Flow Management Working Group (DFMWG) Conference held at NSAW from October
4-7. The Collection Strategies and Requirements Center (CSRC) Data Flow and Collection
Forwarding division served as host of the annual event, with representatives from all Five-Eyes
SIGINT agencies (NSA, GCHQ, CSE, DSD, and GCSB*) in attendance. Opportunities such as this
conference provide a forum to resolve any current problems with data exchange and ensure that
plans for the future are agreed upon and coordinated.
(S//SI) A common theme of standardization and simplification dominated much of the
conference discussion. Central to this standardization theme was the development of Terms of
Reference (TORs) for the DFMWG, which provides a common lexicon for all partners and reflects
strategic as well as tactical directions. An update on the Common Cryptologic Data Format
(CCDF) delineated the changes and upgrades on the new XML format, designed to ultimately
provide a standard end-to-end format for data transfers.
(C//SI) Participants discussed a proposal for zipcode series expansion to accommodate the
increase of distribution to more locations since 9/11. (Zipcode is a sequence of alphanumeric
characters that are used as an address for the routing of voice and fax data files.) All partners
agreed to the necessity of undertaking this multi-level task. Among the other topics addressed
were:
Global Network Forum (GNF) brief
One Number Maximum Reach
Mission Assurance Update
Global Prioritization Update
Shared Vision Briefing
SIGINT Modernization Effort at GCHQ
(U//FOUO) In addition to the Annual Conference, which will be held at CSE in 2005, the group
agreed to conduct a six-month review of progress on the actions formulated at this meeting
using Info WorkSpace (IWS). This added session is indicative of the growing role and
commitment of our Second Party partners to the interoperability of Five-Eyes data sharing and
the future of data flow management.
(U//FOUO) For further information on the DFMWG conference, see the following webpage:

*(U) Notes:
DNI = Digital Network Intelligence
GCHQ, CSE, DSD, and GCSB are the SIGINT agencies for the UK, Canada, Australia, and New
Zealand, respectively.

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