Title: How SIGINT's Done Down Under!

Release Date: 2016-08-10

Document Date: 2003-08-28

Description: The Defence Signals Directorate, the Australian counterpart to NSA, had the sole “reporting responsibility” for regional targets like Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. NSA and DSD have a close relationship and exchange staff.

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(U//FOUO) How SIGINT's Done Down Under!
FROM:
Acting CDO for Australia
Run Date: 08/28/2003

(S//SI) "G'day mate" is the hearty greeting from NSA's Australian
counterpart, the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), where it's
already tomorrow. NSA's partnership with DSD is rich in history,
cooperation, coordination, and value. At over 1100 strong, DSD's
mixed civilian-military workforce brings much SIGINT muscle to
the partnership - with DSD handling all reporting responsibility for
several specific targets, including Indonesia, Singapore, and
Malaysia. In the wake of September 11th, DSD, like NSA's other
Second Party partners, stepped in to carry more of the SIGINT
load, thus freeing additional NSA resources to focus on the global
war against terrorism.
(S//SI) During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the joint DSD-NSA facility
at Alice Springs contributed valuable intelligence in support of
combined operations in Iraq, which included Australian forces. As
the bombing in Bali in October 2002 and the recent bombing in
Jakarta demonstrate, terrorism is an issue in DSD's own backyard
as well and the cooperation between NSA and DSD
counterterrorism offices is close, continuing, and interdependent.
(S//SI) DSD's varied collection capabilities, including overhead,
satellite, and special collection sites, provide valuable accesses not
otherwise available to satisfy U.S. intelligence requirements. In
fact, over 15% of DSD's annual budget is spent directly in support
of U.S. intelligence requirements. Recently, members of the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence visited Australia to
see first-hand the value of the intelligence relationship and express
our nation's thanks for Australia's support. Future prospects for
expanding the NSA-DSD SIGINT relationship include computer
network exploitation, close access, hard targets, special collection,
and divisions of effort on regional targets. Planning is currently
underway for the annual NSA-DSD bilateral conference, of which
SIGINT issues are a large part.

SERIES:
(U//FOUO) Second Party
SIGINT Cooperation
1. SIGINT Directors Set
Strategic Direction
for 5-Eyes SIGINT
Enterprise
2. Communications
Security
Establishment (CSE)
- Our Good Neighbor
to the North
3. JESI: Don't Lose
That Number!
4. How SIGINT's Done
Down Under!
5. SIGINT Directors to
Collaborate Virtually
6. SID 's Antipodal
Colleagues
7. TICKETWINDOW:
Second Party
Collection Sharing
8. The Kiwi Connection
- Fellowship of the
Ring?

(S//SI) This robust relationship is encouraged and supported by a
Special U.S. Liaison Officer and staff in Canberra as well as an
Australian Liaison Officer and staff here at NSA. Several Australian
integrees populate NSA offices and NSA employees are integrated
at DSD as well. Approximately 50% of the personnel at the joint
DSD-NSA facility at Alice Springs are NSA employees and
Australians are integrated throughout the wider SIGINT enterprise,
providing for a lively and beneficial exchange of SIGINT ideas,
products, and services.

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

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