Title: The New Meade Operations Center - Organization and Functions
Release Date: 2016-08-10
Document Date: 2003-07-13
Description: A summary of many projects being developed at the Meade Operations Center. “Expanding on its current role as a test bed for new capabilities, the director envisions the MOC as a developmental platform for tactics, techniques, procedures, tools, systems, and ideas that can be exported” to regional offices.
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(U//FOUO) The New Meade Operations Center - Organization and
FROM: Al Gray
Deputy Chief, Meade Operations Center
Run Date: 07/13/2003
(U) The Analysis and Reporting Cell
(S//SI) The Analysis and Reporting Cell (ARC), a recent partnership between the MOC and
Military Integration, provides back-end analytic support to deployed National Intelligence
Support Teams (NIST). In this environment, the ARC provides the on-the-job training needed to
certify the NIST teams in advance of their deployment. The MOC is teaming with the 704th
Army Technical Control and Analysis Element (ATCAE) and the 70th Intelligence Wing, Air Force
National Tactical Integration, to bolster the effectiveness of the ARC. In addition, the ARC will
support Task Force 20, and the NISTs in Afghanistan and Baghdad with first level metadata
analysis in order to focus collection, filter, and nominate voice content for exploitation.
(S) The HPCP Analysis Cell
(S//SI) Under the direction of SIGINT Strategy and Governance, the MOC on 27 May 2003 stood
up the HPCP (High-Powered Cordless Phone) Analysis Cell (HAC) to provide the community a
focal point for HPCP issues concerning collection, processing, dataflow, analysis and reporting.
The three main thrusts of the HAC are 1) documenting the Tactics Techniques and Procedures
for how to prosecute HPCP, using Syria as the test bed; 2) accepting and answering Requests for
Information (RFI) from the field; and 3) working dataflow issues with the ATCAE and MENA
SIGDEV to get ground sensor collection into the national databases. Also, under the sponsorship
of SIGINT Strategy and Governance (SSG) the MOC will host an HPCP Worldwide Conference in
(S) Special Access Cell
(TS//SI) Teaming with Special Source Operations (SSO), the Special Access Cell performs
environmental analysis of the global information infrastructure with a focus on international
communications to enable future access options. In addition, the MOC will validate and
characterize TELEX information from various sources and is responsible for minimizing USSID 18
violations, analyzing the TELEX bearers on a canal-by-canal basis, and ensuring that the
dictionary is effectively identifying the TELEX traffic. This activity has opened up new avenues of
collection previously unavailable to target offices at NSA.
(C) The SIGINT Development Division
(TS//SI) The SIGINT Development Division (SDD) is working with Corporate HF Services (CHS),
in direct response to a requirement to survey the HF environment in the Konar Valley,
Afghanistan where Special Forces units have been compromised. CHS is installing an HF
wideband collection system (SUPERCODING) at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The MOC will be
tasked to conduct search and survey of the HF environment to determine what communications
modes are in use.
(TS//SI) The SDD has teamed with the Kunia Regional SIGINT Operations Center (KRSOC) in
project Long Stare to identify unidentified signals emanating from North Korea. SDD was also
tasked by Cryptologic Exploitation Service (CES) to validate unidentified signals from North
Korea from overhead assets.
(S//SI) Additionally, the SDD is
, and is conducting HF search and survey looking for United Nations (UN) and NonGovernmental Organizations (NGO) in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Liberia with a
focus toward force protection.
(U) Collection Development Cell
(S//SI) A new project for the SDD is to create an increased focus on training with regard to
signals development, search, and analysis. In the Collection Development Cell (CDC), the MOC is
teaming some of the most experienced collectors with, in some cases, new collection personnel
to provide intense on-the-job training on the wide variety of collection equipment and signals
processors available in the SDD. This effort complements the ever-increasing role in HF Signals
Development, and helps overcome a shortage of highly qualified personnel.
(C) Tactical Radio Exploitation Cell
(S//SI) The Tactical Radio Exploitation Cell (TREC) is the newest growth area for the MOC. The
TREC will incorporate all the accesses available to document the tactical radio environment into
a centralized and focused database. This longstanding requirement from SID will finally be
realized in the MOC.
(U) Additional Activities
(S//SI) Expanding on its current role as a test bed for new capabilities, the Director envisions
the MOC as a developmental platform for tactics, techniques, procedures, tools, systems, and
ideas that can then be exported to the Regional Security Operations Centers or the Mission
Ground Stations. This transformation of the MOC's mission will allow it to more effectively
support the SCEs' need to transform the skills of their workforce to deal with current and future
technologies, by providing a training and operational environment that is suitable for skills
(S//SI) Internally, the MOC has reorganized its structure to mirror that of field stations, with an
Operations and a Support element. It has moved to a common shift scheduled to promote unit
cohesiveness, and has established analysis and training organizations to support its new
missions. The MOC is well on its way to establishing itself as a valuable component of the
Agency's SIGDEV arsenal.
(U//FOUO) For more information on our transition, please visit our website at "go moc."
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