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‘4th Party Collection’: Taking Advantage of Non-Partner Computer Network Exploitation Activity

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Release Date: 2015-01-17 Document Date: 2008-01-07
This 7 January 2008 post from NSA Menwith Hill Station’s internal Horizon newsletter describes the practice of piggybacking on other states’ computer network exploitation operations: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
SIDToday - '4th Party Collection': Taking Advantage of Non-Partner Computer Network Exploitation Activity DYNAMIC PAGE - HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA ...
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Can ‘Motor City’ Manufacture Some Arabic Language Assistance for NSA?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-15
This December 2005 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday describes the agency’s efforts to recruit Arabic-language specialists; a Detroit-based recruitment effort “unearthed significant issues”: see the Intercept article NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Can 'Motor City' Manufacture Some Arabic Language Assistance for NSA? FROM: Ci...
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RT10 Initiative Overview

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Release Date: 2018-01-19 Document Date: 2006-11-09
This 2006 NSA technical presentation discusses the agency’s Voice RT system for real-time voice recognition and the role voice recordings from US conflict theatres played in developing the system: see the Intercept article Finding Your Voice, 19 January 2018.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL RT10 Initiative Overview Dr. James Heath Program Management & Advisors: COL Bob Harms / COL Barb Trent / Michelle Gerhard Architects: / Mark Ross Prese...
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With NSA Help, Iraqi SIGINTers Make Great Strides

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-17
A Marine Expeditionary Force was “astounded” at reporting from Iraq’s signals intelligence agency, reports the chief of an NSA task force to rebuild the Iraqi agency. The Iraqi SIGINT Element, as the agency is known, recently was collecting over 5,000 calls per day with roughly 100 staff and “basic equipment.” Preparations were under way to give the agency the ability to intercept Global System Mobile phones and high-frequency communications.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) With NSA Help, Iraqi SIGINTers Make Great Strides FROM: Lt Col USAF IAD/Network Infr...
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Meet the Central Command

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-21
NSA personnel are integrated with U.S. Central Command at the Tampa headquarters and in deployment to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar, and other locations. Gen. John Abizaid says the NSA relationship with CENTCOM is “excellent.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Meet the Central Command FROM: CENTCOM Account Manager (S113) Run Date: 10/21/2005 (U) C...
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Success Against al-Zarqawi's Group in Northern Iraq

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-18
A tool called “Quadra Spectre,” developed and deployed in Iraq, correlates text messages and provides “near real-time” location data on suspected insurgents, cutting “days of painstaking analysis to mere hours” and creating a “snowball effect” that helped lead, over 90 days in northern Iraq, to the killing or capture of “134 high-level insurgents and countless associates.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) Success Against al-Zarqawi's Group in Northern Iraq FROM: CPT , USA CST Stryker Officer-i...
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Summing Up the Trip

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-04-14
The Signals Intelligence Directorate's deputy director for data acquisition reveals his observations from the visit to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Summing Up the Trip FROM: SID/Deputy Director for Data Acquisition (S3) Run Date: 04/14/...
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There is a New DDCR

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-06-15
The new deputy director for customer relationships greets the staff and states his mission.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) There is a New DDCR FROM: Charles H. Berlin, III Deputy Director for Customer Relationshi...
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When Seconds Count: Forwarding High-Priority Traffic

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-16
High-priority GSM data collected from Baghdad is sent to NSA Georgia. In late 2004, NSA Georgia reported that the delays in receiving this data hampered its ability to help troops on the ground in Iraq. The NSA made some changes to the tools used to select numbers to intercept and to the architecture in Baghdad, which has reduced these delays.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (TS//SI) When Seconds Count: Forwarding High-Priority Traffic FROM: Janice Strauss Deputy Chi...
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PATENTHAMMER

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Release Date: 2016-05-16 Document Date: 2003-06-11
The PATENTHAMMER system was developed for SOCOM for advanced signal collection with remote, reach-back capability and deployed to Kosovo, Georgia, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the Philippines.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) PATENTHAMMER<br>FROM:<br>, USAF<br>Chief, National Tactical Integration Of...
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EP-3E Collision: Cryptologic Damage Assessment and Incident Review

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Release Date: 2017-04-10 Document Date: 2001-07-01
A joint US Navy and NSA report, prepared three months after a US spy plane was forced to crash land in China, assesses the degree to which surveillance secrets were compromised: see the Intercept article Burn After Reading: Snowden Documents Reveal Scope of Secrets Exposed to China in 2001 Spy Plane Incident, 10 April 2017. […]
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN//X1 EP-3E Collision: Cryptologic Damage Assessment and Incident Review Final Report Prepared by the EP-3 Cryptologic Assessment Team July 2001 Classifie...
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Questions About Deploying? Here Are Some Answers

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-18
Q&A about deployments to the Middle East enumerates NSA group locations throughout the Middle East and includes interesting facts about staffers’ requirements for assignments. All persons are required to become qualified on the M-9 pistol and the M-16 or M-4 rifle in a four-day training course, and carry anti-radiation medication. The pre-deployment culture training is a 3 1/2-hour course.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Questions About Deploying? Here Are Some Answers FROM: the Expeditionary Group/ National ...
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How SIGINT Helped Liberate an American Hostage in Iraq

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-14
A cryptologic support team identified mobile phone handsets involved in kidnappings in Iraq, which allowed special forces to capture and interrogate individuals with information regarding the hostage Roy Hallums, leading to his rescue. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) How SIGINT Helped Liberate an American Hostage in Iraq FROM: the Iraq Issue Manager Team ...
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Rock Drills: Not Just for Military Planning Anymore

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-04-22
Rock Drills, which are rehearsals of missions, originally received that name because military commanders would often use rocks to represent different units. Now known as ROC (Rehearsal of Concept) Drills, they are "adversary-driven scenarios" used by the NSA to test plans for operations.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Rock Drills: Not Just for Military Planning Anymore FROM: Capt Gavin West (USMC) Mi...
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Is NSA Going Deaf? What Is ‘Golf Cart Reporting’? — An Interview With REDACTED

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-19
This 2005 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday features an interview with the deputy chief of the Middle East and North Africa product line. In light of a personnel shortage, he believes that new communications technology presents an advantage to the NSA, as the agency can spy on more intimate, firsthand communications from targets: […]
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Is NSA Going Deaf?WhatIs 'Golf Cart Reporting'? -- An Interview With MENA's FR...
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Success Against al-Zarqawi's Group in Northern Iraq (repost)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-29
Repost: A tool called “Quadra Spectre,” developed and deployed in Iraq, correlates text messages and provides “near real-time” location data on suspected insurgents, cutting “days of painstaking analysis to mere hours” and creating a “snowball effect” that helped lead, over 90 days in northern Iraq, to the killing or capture of “134 high-level insurgents and countless associates.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) Success Against al-Zarqawi's Group in Northern Iraq (repost) FROM: CPT , USA CST Stryker ...
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Is NSA Going Deaf? What Is 'Golf Cart Reporting'? -- An Interview With REDACTED

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-19
SIDtoday interviews the deputy chief of the Middle East and North Africa product line. His team faces a personnel shortage and has to creatively onboard new staff who receive little training. He believes that new communications technology presents an advantage to the NSA, as the agency can spy on more intimate, firsthand communications from targets.  
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Is NSA Going Deaf? What Is 'Golf Cart Reporting'? -- An Interview With MENA's FROM: ...
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Birth of the Cryptologic Support Teams

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-19
In March 2004, the Army visited the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade requesting more signals intelligence capability in the field. Previously, the NSA had provided support at the unit or headquarter level, but the Army requested unit-level deployments. After much internal debate about training and resources required, the NSA began deploying an additional 25 staff to Iraq every six months as "Cryptologic Support Teams." The Army credits the NSA with "countless mission successes."
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Birth of the Cryptologic Support Teams FROM: John E. Hill Future Operations Branch,...
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1999 Agreement between the US and Israel

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Release Date: 2014-08-04 Document Date: 1999-07-15
This agreement, dated 15 July 1999, includes a preamble describing the development of signals intelligence cooperation between the US and Israel since the 1950s: see the Intercept article Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack, 4 August 2014.
TOP S E C R E T/HVCCO 1. (S) preamblei in 1968 President Johnson and Prime Minister Eshkol agreed that an intelligence exchange would take place between the United States and Israel. This und...
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What's Happening at NSA/CSS Georgia

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-09
An update about what’s been going on at Fort Gordon at NSA/CSS Georgia, including the third annual Iranian Target Development conference and growth in the counternarcotics mission, including collaborations with the Drug Enforcement Agency and CIA in Afghanistan, and counterproliferation.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) What's Happening at NSA/CSS Georgia FROM: D/Chief of Staff, Directorate of Operati...
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A Very Southern City

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-02-11
A civilian employee at a facility in Augusta, Georgia, describes the city and surrounding area, where "it is not unusual to see a rebel jack or an old Georgia state flag." The facility, a regional security operations center, has seen increased work since 9/11 due to targets in Iraq and Afghanistan.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) A Very Southern City FROM: GRSOC, J303 Run Date: 02/11/2005 A civilian who "got in on th...

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