Title: European Security Center to Begin Operations

Release Date: 2016-12-07

Document Date: 2004-03-29

Description: SIGINT operations in support of U.S. Army Europe and European Command will start at a facility in Darmstadt, Germany, in April 2004.

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(U//FOUO) European Security Center to Begin Operations
FROM: LTC
USA
Chief, Operations Division, Army Cryptologic Operations (ACO)
Run Date: 03/29/2004
FROM: LTC
, USA
Chief, Operations Division, Army Cryptologic Operations (ACO)
(S) A new tactical SIGINT producer will soon be up and running in Europe. On 10 March, MG
Quirk (SID) and MG Kimmons of the Army's Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)
signed the Concept of Operations for the European Security Center (ESC), setting the stage for
an April start of formal SIGINT operations in Darmstadt, Germany. The ESC (USM-44) will
perform SIGINT operations primarily in support of U.S. Army Europe and the European
Command, but it will also conduct mutually beneficial, cooperative missions with various SID
Product Lines.

(C) The ESC is a fixed site facility that will provide crisis support to military operations
throughout the European Command theater, which includes not only Europe, but also much of
Africa and parts of the Middle East. Working with a collocated INSCOM Theater SIGINT Battalion
(TSB), the ESC will also provide an on-demand survey capability and deploy tailored front-end
collection equipment. It will be a complete production facility, performing collection, processing,
analysis and dissemination.
(C) The Center will also support theater SIGINT soldiers assigned at tactical echelons. It will
serve both as a formal training center where those soldiers routinely train and maintain technical
and language skills, and as a deployment center for soldiers who directly support contingency
missions and combat operations.

(C) The ESC is initially staffed by SIGINT soldiers of INSCOM's 66th Military Intelligence Group,
augmented by Army civilians and contractors. In the near term, they will be assisted by SID
augmentees who possess critical skills, with the appropriate level of long-term SID support to be
assessed as the ESC matures. Initially an "Army" organization, the ESC is a flexible construct
that could potentially host personnel and missions from other Services and Agencies.
(C) The ESC is housed in two new SCIF** structures (over 10,000 square feet) adjacent to an
existing Army Operations SCIF that houses other Army theater intelligence support missions,
allowing an enhanced all-source effort against theater requirements. Current ESC systems and
capabilities include 59 Distributed Common Ground Station - Army (DCGS-A) workstations,
HIGHCASTLE (for voice processing and analysis and reporting), the TROJAN CLASSIC XXI
collection, processing, analysis and reporting system, and an Emitter Mapping suite. Planned
reconfiguration includes a "Linguarium", a novel construct to consolidate, focus and enhance
voice analyst capabilities and productivity.
(U//FOUO) Army Points of Contact:
LTC
, Chief, Operations Division, Army Cryptologic Operations (
)
Mr.
, Chief, ACO Operations Field Support and European Desk Officer
)
(U//FOUO) SID Points of Contact:
Mr.
Chief Technical Support Program Management Office (TSPMO)

@nsa,
@nsa,

@nsa,

Mr.

, Deputy Chief TSPMO

@nsa,

**SCIF=Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility

"(U//FOUO) SIDtoday articles may not be republished or reposted outside NSANet
without the consent of S0121 (DL sid_comms)."

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