Title: The NAC's Advanced Network Development & Analysis (ANDA) Division

Release Date: 2016-12-07

Document Date: 2004-03-29

Description: Profile of the Network Analysis Center's ANDA division, which helped capture suspected al Qaeda operative Husam al-Yemeni, improved understanding of the Pakistani Army Defense Network, and spied on a network associated with the leader of Venezuela (erroneously referred to as "Victor Chavez").

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(U//FOUO) The NAC's Advanced Network Development & Analysis
(ANDA) Division
FROM:
Deputy Chief, ADNA
Run Date: 03/29/2004
FROM:
Deputy Chief, ADNA



(TS//SI) Where do SIGINT collectors and analysts go for
information needed to access and exploit targets of interest? -- The
Network Analysis Center (NAC). Today we'd like to profile one of
the NAC's three divisions, namely the Advanced Network
Development and Analysis (ANDA) Division.
(TS//SI) The ANDA Division brings together people with a range of
skills -- Collection Managers, Computer Scientists, Engineers,
Intelligence Analysts, Network Engineers and Mathematicians -- all
performing Network Analysis in order to isolate and access targets
within the worldwide digital network. In doing so, we use a variety
of data sources, including open source data and SIGINT
information such as routing protocol data. As worldwide network
use has exploded, becoming the communications of choice for
many targets, ANDA is called upon from various elements within
both the Analysis and Production and Data Acquisition Directorates
to assist with both tactical and strategic Network Analysis needs.
(TS//SI) Our work has shown concrete results. For example, ANDA
played an instrumental part during the January 2004 apprehension
of a key Al Qaida operative within Iraq - namely Husam al-Yemeni,
aka Firas. We've assisted the Office of Regional Targets with
developing a more complete understanding of the Pakistani Army
Defense Network (ADN) infrastructure. We've also assisted this
same office with the development of an important digital network
associated with Venezuelan's leader, Victor Chavez. Regularly we
assist the Office of Counterterrorism with the daily tracking of
several key targets as they move throughout the worldwide digital
network.
(TS//SI) Besides dealing with current operations, ANDA tries to
foresee the future needs of the Directorate. For example, we have
anticipatory development efforts underway in preparation for the
2004 Olympics. We're also spearheading efforts to conduct
Network Analysis against special source data on the
Counterterrorism target, as well as future needs of the upcoming
2004 Spring Offensive.
(TS//SI) But we're not done yet! ANDA also realizes the
importance of not only tracking targets within the worldwide web,
but also keeping abreast of the network technologies used by those
targets. To that end, ANDA currently holds chairmanship of both
the Agency's Virtual Private Network (VPN), and Wireless DNI
working groups. Additionally, our Routing Protocols Working Group
is working to define smart ways to infuse routing/routed protocol
analysis into our mainstream Network Analysis methods.
(S//SI) For more information on ANDA, please see our webpage by
typing "go anda".

SERIES:
(U) SIGINT Development
1. SIGINT
Development: A
Network of Discovery
Networks
2. Target Technology
Trends
3. SIGINT
Development: the
Target Analysis
Center (TAC)
4. The TAC's Metadata
Analysis Cell (MAC)
5. The TAC's Social
Network Analysis
Workcenter (SNAW)
6. TAC's Target
Development
Services (TDS): In
the Spotlight and
Behind the Scenes
7. The NAC's Advanced
Network
Development &
Analysis (ANDA)
Division
8. The NAC's
Data/Network
Operations Center
(DNOC)

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