Title: SID 's Antipodal Colleagues

Release Date: 2016-08-10

Document Date: 2003-10-08

Description: Description of an NSA office in Canberra, Australia, staffed by 16 people who work closely with the Australian and New Zealand spy agencies, including to break a network used by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

Document: DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS
TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL

(U//FOUO) SID 's Antipodal Colleagues
FROM:
Deputy SUSLO Canberra
Run Date: 10/08/2003

(U//FOUO) SUSLO Canberra (SUSLOC) has 16 people working to
improve already great relations between NSA and our partners in
Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, the NSA-Defence Signals
Directorate (DSD) relationship is the strongest and most longstanding of the bilateral intelligence relationships and serves as an
example for other agencies. SUSLOC is a vital part of the U.S.
Embassy, Canberra, community; the chief is a member of the
Australia Country Team and takes part in daily intelligence
meetings with the Ambassador and senior staff. The recentlyestablished Associate SUSLOC position in Wellington will help
establish closer ties with the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand. The
A/SUSLOC position provides both liaison and technical support for
many areas of cooperation between NSA and New Zealand's
Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
(C) The United States and Australia have been drawn together
dramatically in recent years as a result of increased concerns over
terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and weapons of mass destruction.
Australia has supported all major U.S. initiatives, providing force
protection for U.S. troops in the area and deploying troops in
Afghanistan and Iraq. Examples of ongoing efforts include
cooperation with Australian authorities to ensure security and
secure communications for the October visit to Australia by the
U.S. President, joint efforts to counteract threats to the upcoming
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Bangkok, and
U.S. assistance to DSD following the October 2002 Bali bombing.
(S//SI) We cooperate with DSD and GCSB in major areas such as
reporting, collection, SIGINT development, counterterrorism,
information assurance, ELINT, cryptology, and sensitive areas like
close access. NSA and DSD worked together to support military
operations during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
Freedom. Significant examples include OCMC and GEOCELL support
to DSD and the Australian Special Air Service, SSA support to DSD
for possible Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) operations, sharing
of Blue Force tracking, and integration of Australians into the CSG
in Baghdad. A continuing success story is the provision and
exchange of linguists among U.S., Australian, and New Zealand
cryptologic platforms to include ships and aircraft.
(TS//SI) Other areas where we are expanding cooperation with
DSD include reverse engineering: NSA integrees mentor both
cryptomathematicians and engineers while tackling the encrypted
Very Small Aperature Terminal (VSAT) network used by the Papua
New Guinea Defence Force, a goal mentioned in the DSD Director's
business plan. Another notable success highlights close NSA and
DSD cooperation on counterterrrorism, resulting in SIGINT reports
tying high value targets in the Middle East and the Philippines to
extremists in Southeast Asia. These reports led to a number of
terrorists being detained in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. GCSB is
working closely with NSA and DSD to track terrorists in the region

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?

and has recently offered to target Burma and Bangladesh, two
countries suspected of harboring terrorists, but about which we as
SIGINTers know little. Both partners continue to look for new
access and collection which will benefit the UKUSA countries in this
ongoing global war on terrorism.

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

DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS
TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL
DERIVED FROM: NSA/CSSM 1-52, DATED 08 JAN 2007 DECLASSIFY ON: 20320108

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