Title: Reshaping the Mold: The Counterproliferation SIGINT Cell

Release Date: 2016-08-10

Document Date: 2003-11-03

Description: A joint counterproliferation SIGINT cell composed of CIA officers and NSA analysts with full access to the data of both agencies is working from CIA headquarters. It is focused on the nuclear proliferation network led by A. Q. Khan in Pakistan. It will also become the center for reporting on the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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(S//SI) Reshaping the Mold: The Counterproliferation SIGINT Cell
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Counterproliferation SIGINT Cell
Run Date: 11/03/2003

(S//SI) As part of a larger initiative to improve the Intelligence Community's efforts to counter
the spread of weapons of mass destruction and expand the sharing of information between
agencies, NSA and CIA have created a joint Counterproliferation SIGINT Cell . The Cell is
composed of CIA officers and NSA analysts cross-trained on the other Agency's policies,
systems, and tools and with full access to the data of both agencies from CIA spaces.
(S//SI) Yes, that's right, we'll be doing SIGINT from the CIA. Toiling in the basement of CIA
Headquarters, we'll be correlating what we see and task on the SIGINT side with what the CIA's
Directorate of Operations is working on from the HUMINT side. This lead-sharing effort focuses
on the exploitation of a high-priority non-state nuclear proliferation network led by A.Q. Khan, a
network that cut its teeth by supplying the Pakistani nuclear program.
(S//SI) The Cell will also become the center for NSA analysis and reporting on the IAEA
(International Atomic Energy Agency) and the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons). This portion of the mission will consolidate and provide a cohesive focus to
reporting on international organizations key to counterproliferation which are currently either
under-reported, or reported in ad hoc fashion by more than a dozen separate A&P; elements.
(S//SI) So who are the intrepid souls (or merely foolish mortals?) who dare to take this first
step into the swamp of information sharing? Insert your favorite literary or allegorical story
here, but this six-person team includes two former Russian linguists, analysts who've worked for
DIA and NIMA, been assigned to the Defense HUMINT Service, NSOC and KRSOC, and have
expertise on SIGDEV and SIGINT reporting, chemical weapons and the OPCW, the proliferation
target in general and the A.Q. Khan network in particular.
(U//FOUO) Now, immunized with the protective shield of USSID 18 briefings, having upgraded
their skill levels, armed with many new weapons and tools, and poised in front of multiple
computer systems, our troupe is ready to begin their mission and reshape the way the SIGINT
and HUMINT system interact to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The
journey begins.....
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