Title: SIGINT in Nebraska

Release Date: 2016-08-10

Document Date: 2003-08-14

Description: The NSA provides the U.S. Strategic Command with “intelligence on space control and surveillance operations, information operations, computer network operations and space campaign planning.”

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(U//FOUO) SIGINT in Nebraska
FROM:
NSA/CSS STRATCOM
Run Date: 08/14/2003

(U//FOUO) Regards from the Heartland of America...Offutt AFB, Nebraska! Here near Omaha,
SIGINT has played an important role in supporting three generations of the Strategic Command:
the Strategic Air Command from the early 1960s through 1992; the United States Strategic
Command (USSTRATCOM) from 1992 to 2002; and the new USSTRATCOM-- created by merging
with the former United States Space Command-- from 2002 to present. (See related story HERE
).
(S//SI) When the two commands merged in October 2002, SID and NSA/CSS STRATCOM
quickly adapted to the expanded mission set of the new USSTRATCOM. SID now provides the
command with intelligence on space control and surveillance operations, information operations,
computer network operations, and space campaign planning, (See story HERE for further
information.)
(S//SI) In tackling these new missions, STRATCOM plays a role in areas that once would have
been considered unfamiliar terrain, such as the Global War on Terrorism. NSA/CSS
representatives at STRATCOM worked with the 55th Wing and 755th Communications Squadron
at Offutt AFB to turn one of their HF out-stations at Scribner, Nebraska into a radio frequency
test range, which most recently was used during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (the campaign
in Afghanistan). Prior to OEF, the range was used to test non-conventional, airborne, and
ground-based collection against cordless, cell, and satellite phones used by known terrorist
groups. As a direct result of this test, airborne collectors sent to the Middle East were able to
identify previously unidentified push-to-talk systems used by terrorists.
(TS//SI) Meanwhile, SID continues to play an important role in STRATCOM's more traditional
missions, such as efforts to account for Strategic Relocatable Targets (SRT) in Russia, China,
and other nations with developing assets. For example, SID supported USSTRATCOM during the
latest "show of force" demonstrations by Russian Strategic Rocket Forces (SRF) units.
SID/Strategic Rocket Forces provided timely SIGINT to USSTRATCOM imagery analysts, helping
them confirm many SS-25 (Sickle) Road Mobile ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile)
deployments during the SRF's winter training cycle that ended in May 2003.
(U//FOUO) Check out the NSA STRATCOM Homepage and the NSA STRATCOM monthly
newsletter, the "Heartland Herald" for more information on how SIGINT supports STRATCOM.

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DERIVED FROM: NSA/CSSM 1-52, DATED 08 JAN 2007 DECLASSIFY ON: 20320108

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