Title: SIDtoday Soundbites -- Conclusion

Release Date: 2016-12-07

Document Date: 2004-04-01

Description: Memorable quotes from the first year of SIDtoday.

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(U//FOUO) SIDtoday Soundbites -- Conclusion
FROM: SIGINT Communications
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Run Date: 04/01/2004
FROM: SIGINT Communications
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(U//FOUO) Here is part two (and final) of our look back on memorable quotes from SID today's
first year. A link to part one is in the "Recent Articles" section of the SID today homepage.
From: Unattributed
Friday, September 12, 2003
(U//FOUO) You know you are a veteran NSAer if you...
remember the Marine Guards.
can remember when you could drive up to the door of Gatehouse 2.
remember when Route 32 was a 2-lane road. (etc.)
From: MG Richard Quirk, USA
Signals Intelligence Director
Friday, October 17, 2003
(S//SI) Do you know that you are making history? You are! The war we are fighting -- not just
in Iraq, but the War on Terrorism -- is a global war. It is history in the making and you are part
of it, a critical part.
From:

Software Development Team, Menwith Hill Station
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
(U//FOUO) It took only one PCS and my husband announced that he was officially a "field rat."
From: Charles H. Berlin III
SID Chief of Staff
Friday, October 24, 2003
(U) First, it is a legitimate function of a technical leader to "tell the geeks when they are done."
Seems flip, I know, but no disrespect meant when I tell you what you already know: software is
never "done" and somebody has to declare victory. Perfect really is the enemy of good enough.
From:
, SINIO for Global and Multilateral Issues, and
Representative to the U.S. Mission to the UN
Thursday, October 30, 2003

NSA

(S//SI) [Quoting a U.S. UN official] "For obvious reasons [NSA] doesn't get the public praise, but
they should know how much more effective and more successful they allow us to be. It's one of
the real reasons, beyond luck, that we are the best at what we do."
From: SIGINT People Office/Workforce Advocacy Team
Thursday, November 20, 2003

(U) For the first time in over a decade more people are joining the NSA workforce than leaving
it. Did you know that the SIGINT Directorate hired 472 new employees in FY03? Existing hiring
levels are expected to continue to increase!
From: Sgt
, USMC
Monday, December 01, 2003
(U) If there's one thing my experiences deploying around the world have taught me, it's that
these trips are ALL once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Each one is a unique and exciting
adventure.
From:

IA Intern
Tuesday, December 09, 2003
(U//FOUO) Being in the field will change the way you do SIGINT forever.
From: SIGINT Communications
Friday, December 12, 2003
(U//FOUO) Here's a list of commonly used transcription terms. It may give some insight into
what it's like to be a transcriber (or "scribe" for short)!:
"ears": a scribe's earphones. "Put on your ears and come listen to this cut."(etc.)
From: SIGINT Communications and
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Second Party Affairs Office (DP11)

(C) Did you know that NSA has a Second Party relationship with "Middle Earth"? [Regarding our
relationship with New Zealand.]
From:
, TSgt, USAF
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
(U//FOUO) [Regarding a NIST deployment to Iraq] Would I do it again? Absolutely! This is what
I'm supposed to do - I'm in the military... we kill people, and blow things up. It's our job. It's my
job to make sure that the people doing the overall mission do it with the best intelligence in the
world. And NSA has it.
From: an IA Intern in Baghdad
Monday, January 12, 2004
(S//REL) I now see my work as both a privilege and an awesome responsibility. When I return
home, I surely won't miss the grueling shifts, the dirt, the food, or the occasional fear. But I'll
leave knowing that this country is well on its way to recovery. And we have helped.
From: Charles H. Berlin III
SID Chief of Staff
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
(S//SI) As many of you know, our forces in Iraq are dropping bombs on the strength of SIGINT
alone. We are proud of their confidence in us, but have you ever considered the enormous risk
the commanders are assuming in this regard? Are you ready to share that risk? Makes you think
about how critical your best efforts are.
From: SIGINT Communications
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

(U//FOUO) [Referring to DIRNSA's paper on the Extended Enterprise] The paper restates that
"All SIGINT and related activities are under the direct operational control of the Director of SID
or his designated representative... In short, headquarters elements will exercise operational
control of their activity wherever it is found across the enterprise..."
From: Anonymous
Friday, January 30, 2004
(U) The growing/increasing use/application of the slash/backslant in written/printed and
spoken/oral communication/missives has become something of an epidemic/scourge.
From:

Language Analysis Intern
Monday, February 02, 2004
(U) I am excited to serve at NSA at this critical juncture in U.S. history. Now I am immersed in a
knowledge-based environment, where continuous learning is facilitated and expected. Crosstraining and flexible tracks are open to me; TDY's and IC-wide opportunities fill my dreams.
From: MG Richard J. Quirk, USA
Signals Intelligence Director
Friday, February 13, 2004
(S//SI) In the coming months, U.S. military and intelligence personnel will begin a Spring
Offensive in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area intended to locate and eliminate the al-Qa'ida
leadership. We in NSA have no higher priority than to support this Spring Offensive, and we
must be prepared.
From: Jim Cusick
Assistant Deputy Director for Data Acquisition (S3)
Thursday, February 19, 2004
(U) [On the subject of senior executives] If you never get elevated, you still know your family
loves you, you live in the greatest nation on the globe, you are making a difference for your
fellow Americans and those you love, you undoubtedly have a job twice as interesting as anyone
outside the IC, you are well paid, you are eating regularly, you have never slept on a grate....
You get the picture. Your value as a tremendous asset to your country, your family and your
Agency will never hinge upon elevation.

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