Title: Forward Production at NCEUR — Inside the Customers’ Decision Space

Release Date: 2014-06-18

Document Date: 2005-01-14

Description: This internal NSA report, dated 14 January 2005, describes the contribution of operations in Germany (“NSA/CSS Europe”) to counter-terrorism operations in North Africa: see the Der Spiegel article Terrorverdächtige: NSA nutzte Erkenntnisse aus Deutschland-Filiale für Tötungen, 15 June 2014.

Document: (S//SI) Forward Production at NCEUR -- Inside the Customers' Decision





Run Date: 01/14/2005

Customer Account Manager for EUCOM (SI 12) and NCEUR

Analytic team working at NSA/CSS Europe; success stoiy with Global War on

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Terrorism (GWOT') (S//SI)

(S//SI) In early 2003, NSA/CSS Europe (NCEUR) and the Geospatial Exploitation
and Counterterrorism Product Lines initiated a Forward Production effort (at
NCEUR) to support our national goals and strategy in North Africa, Among those
goals was to enable African governments to police their own borders, sustain or
enhance stability, and make it clear that their countries were an environment
hostile to terrorist organizations and their supporters,

(S//SI) This small investment of five-to-six analysts has provided a significant
return: Forward Production and headquarters analysts* were able to report the

EUCOM Senior Staff and U.S. Ambassadors in the region used this information to
engage and enable regional governments to conduct successful counterterrorism
operations, Intelligence generated by this Forward Production-NSAW partnership
has been responsible for the capture or kill of over 40 terrorists and has helped
achieve GWOT and regional policy successes in Africa,

(S//SI) While based on the skills of the forward-deployed analysts as supported by
NSA HQ, two other overarching factors contributed to the effort's success. These
factors are;

• collocation with the primary regional implementer or action arm of the US
Government as well as supporting elements, and

* an aggressive effort to release SIGINTto foreign governments supporting
truly non-traditional customers (e,g., governments in Algeria, Mali, and

(S//SI) Forward Production's effectiveness is based on collocation and integration
with operational planners and teaming with all-source customers and partners.

This allows Forward Production analysts to better anticipate requirements, to
provide better-tailored products and services, to better operate in the customers'
decision cycle, and to better understand customer needs,

(S//SI) As the title of DIRgram-337 states “It's About Relating, Not Disseminating"
and NCEUR forward-deployed analysts as “our expeditionary force inside our
customers' information space,,," are better enabling CT operations and reaching
analytic conclusions not otherwise possible. The Forward Production cell at NCEUR
is serving as a model for operational partnering and analytic collaboration within
the customer's environment,

(S//SI) This Forward Production model will be implemented on an industrial scale
when the European Security Center (ESC) in Darmstadt, Germany, becomes fully
operational. The ESC is the realization of a significant investment by US Army
Europe (USAREUR) and Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to perform
SIGINT analysis and production against national, theater, and tactical requirements
within the customer domain, (See related story,)


* (S//SI) Extended enterprise and HQ communities of the GEO, CT, Regional
Targets, and Middle East North Africa product lines collaborated on this target,

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