Title: SIGINT Development Working Group Meets in Oslo, Norway

Release Date: 2018-03-01

Document Date: 2005-09-22

Description: NSA and Norwegian Intelligence Service staff met in Oslo to work together on Russian high-frequency data networks, new generation systems on Russian naval ships and submarines, and a Russian sea rescue exercise. A new team was formed to look at changes in Russian satellite communications. 

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(S//SI) SIGINT Development Working Group Meets in Oslo, Norway
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Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Russia (DP15/S2H)
Run Date: 09/22/2005

(S//SI) The Joint NSA/Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) SIGINT Development Working
Group met in Oslo, Norway, 15-17 June. The Working Group includes the following three teams:
1. The High Frequency Data Networks Team is searching for Russian and terrorist
networks. The Team has identified 8-10 Russian ALE nets, but no terrorist nets yet. When
the EDDA II system becomes operational, it should be possible for the Team to task a
geographical area.
2. The Russian C2I Modernization Team is looking for intelligence from new generation
systems on Russian Naval ships and submarines being used to communicate with the
Russian Main Staff and airborne command posts.
3. The Russian Emergency Management Team is studying various Russian organizations
and plans to follow the Barents Sea Rescue Exercise 2005 in September, which will take
place off the Norwegian coast.
(S//SI) In addition, the Working Group discussed changes in Russian satellite
communications capabilities and a new team started to form to address this subject. The
Russians have launched eight satellites in the last 19 months, more satellites than any other
nation. The new satellites use spot-beam technology, and Norwegian SIGINT sites may be in the
footprint. In addition, the new satellites carry both Russian civil and military communications.
Because the Russians lease room on the satellites, non-Russian communications are carried as
well. NSA plans to encourage NIS in their approach to civil satellites. The new joint team plans
to start by determining which Russian satellites can be viewed by the various NSA and NIS
SIGINT sites.

(S//SI) Joint SIGINT Development Working Group of NSA and the Norwegian Intelligence
Service
(U//FOUO) This article is reprinted from the Foreign Affairs Digest, August edition.

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