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Lessons-Learned Working Group VTC -- Today

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-08
The Signals Intelligence Directorate has established a working group for “lessons learned” with the goal of identifying and sharing both success stories, as well as mistakes. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Lessons-Learned Working Group VTC -- Today FROM: Operation SIGINT Run Date: 12/08/2...
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Going After al-Qa'ida - All of It

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-06
An order was signed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that broadened the war on terrorism beyond its focus on Al Qaeda senior leadership, granting U.S Special Operations Command the authority to target the entire Al Qaeda network within or outside of the Afghanistan and Iraq battlefields. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//REL) Going After al-Qa'ida - All of It FROM: NSA Liaison Officer to SOCOM (F1T) Run Date:...
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META LION: A New PINWALE Search Engine for the Metadata Analyst

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-05
A search engine called META LION allows analysts “to more smartly search against the large, rich repository of metadata associated with” online intercepts.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) METALION: A New PINWALE Search Engine for the Metadata Analyst FROM: Analytic Know...
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New NSA Foreign Affairs Corporate Board Kicks Off

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-30
A new quarterly leadership meeting will address partnerships with other countries. The NSA hopes to have more countries report on and analyze signals intelligence, rather than merely collecting it. The lack of policy on spying on computer network operations may hamper relationships with some partners. Additionally, the various directorates rely on different metrics to assess their successes, which may be a topic at a future meeting. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New NSA Foreign Affairs Corporate Board Kicks Off FROM: FAD's SIGINT Operations Gr...
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New Policy on Modeling and Simulation

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-29
The NSA director has signed a new policy establishing a structure for oversight and coordination of modeling and simulation activities throughout the agency. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New Policy on Modeling and Simulation FROM: , Operations Research, Modeling and Sim...
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Part II of Remembrance of NSA Thanksgivings Past...

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-23
More Thanksgiving meals overseas are remembered, with special reference to the Leyte albatrosses (called gooney birds) on Midway Island. No, the gooney birds were not on the menu. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Part II of Remembrance of NSA Thanksgivings Past... FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown R...
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US, Czech and Japanese -- All at the Same Table

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-22
Representatives of the Czech External Intelligence Service, or UZSI, met with NSA counterintelligence and human intelligence support analysts at NSA headquarters. They traded information and software, and discussed collection of Russian communications. The Czech Republic is now an “official Third Party partner.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) US, Czech and Japanese -- All at the Same Table FROM: FAD's Central/Eastern Europe Office...
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Bringing Governance to the USSS

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-21
By December, all personnel in the U.S. signals intelligence system will need to receive training in governance from their supervisors. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Bringing Governance to the USSS FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: 11/21...
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OPSEC - Don't Forget About It!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-17
A fictional cartoon, Prudence the OPSEC Dragon, helps the Signals Intelligence Directorate think about what information needs protecting and how to protect it.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) OPSEC - Don't Forget About It! FROM: Prudence the OPSEC Dragon Sponsored by the SID OPSEC...
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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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Tasking of SCALAWAG

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Release Date: 2014-03-18
This extract from the NSA’s Special Source Operations division’s weekly memo describes the operation of SCALAWAG, the SIGAD (or collection address) associated with the MYSTIC collection of bulk telephony data: see the Washington Post article NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls, 18 March 2014.
(U) Tasking of SCALAWAG (TS//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) SCALAWAG/US-3310BG has long since reached the point where it was collecting and sending home far more than the bandwidth could handle. Over ...
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Hacking Routers

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Release Date: 2014-03-12 Document Date: 2012-12-01
This extract from an NSA document dated December 2012 shows the agency’s concern that other nation-state actors are adopting similar techniques: see the Intercept article How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware, 12 March 2014.
(TS//SI//REL) Happy Friday my esteemed and valued Intelligence Community colleagues! There has been a topic of conversation that has started to rumble beneath the surface of the Cyber-scene latel...
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Procedures for the dissemination by NSA to foreign governments of information from FISA electronic surveillance or physical search carried out by the FBI

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Release Date: 2014-03-12 Document Date: 2002-08-20
This 20 August 2002 memo from US Attorney General John Ashcroft refers to the “modified minimization procedures” now in operation following the FISA Court’s “Raw Take” order of 22 July 2002 and expands on that order by allowing the sharing of information with foreign governments without the need for authorisation to be sought: see the […]
SECRET//X1 This document found at: I:\J3\J34\FISA\fbi.doc I:\J3\NDD\FISA\ fbi.doc Office of the Attorney CjeneraC 'Washington, <D.C- 20530 PROCEDURES FOR THE DISSEMINATION BY NS A T...
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VICTORYDANCE

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Release Date: 2014-02-10 Document Date: 2012-03-01
Extracts from a March 2012 NSA document in which an operator describes a CIA/NSA effort to map the wi-fi “of every major town in Yemen”: see the Intercept article The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program, 10 February 2014.
DT-1.png: (S//SI//REL) Testing the New Technique on a UAV (TS//SI//REL) As part of the GILGAMESH (PREDATOR-based active geolocation) effort, this team used some advanced mathematics to develo...
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CNO Core Secrets

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Release Date: 2014-10-10
This undated selection of seven NSA slides highlights the activities the agency regards as its “core secrets”: see the Intercept article Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany, 10 October 2014.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN NSA/CSS and JFCC-NW National Initiative Task - Security Framework SAP Authority NSA/CSS/JFCC-NW SAPS DNI CNE DoD CND CNA wm Information Released to...
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Exceptionally Controlled Information (ECI) Compartments January 2013

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Release Date: 2014-10-10 Document Date: 2013-01-01
This NSA document from January 2013 lists the codenames of those agency activities sufficiently sensitive to qualify as “exceptionally controlled information”: see the Intercept article Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany, 10 October 2014.ah
CONFIDENTIAL//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL (U) Exceptionally Controlled Information (ECI) Compartments January 2013 ECI Name and Trigraph Organization Control Authority AMBULANT AMB...
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NSA’s Oldest Third Party SIGINT Partnership

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Release Date: 2014-08-31 Document Date: 2005-10-07
This October 2005 article, taken from the internal NSA newsletter Foreign Affairs Digest, provides a brief history of the agency’s past and current relationship with its Turkish counterparts, which includes a staff of 40 NSA employees stationed in Ankara: see the Intercept article How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels, 31 August 2014. Download […]
dynamic: page - HIGHEST possible classification js TOP SECRET // SI tTK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) NS As Oldest Third Party SJGJNT Partnership Countiy Desk Officer (CiDO) Turkey R...
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NSA Intelligence Relationship with Saudi Arabia

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Release Date: 2014-07-25 Document Date: 2013-04-08
This NSA information paper dated 8 April 2013 details the agency’s deepening signals intelligence relationship with Saudi Arabia: see the Intercept article The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police, 25 July 2014.
TOP SECRET//SI//NOFORN National Security 8 April 2013 Agency/Central Security Service Information Paper (S//SI//REL TO USA, SAU) Subject: NSA Intelligence Relationship with Saudi Ara...
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SIGINT Authority decision tree

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Release Date: 2014-07-23
This undated image, taken from NSA training materials, shows the role played by Executive Order 12333 in authorising the agency’s activities: see the Washington Post article Privacy watchdog’s next target: the least-known but biggest aspect of NSA surveillance, 23 July 2014.
Start Here! SIGINT Authority decision tree For targeting in response to a valid Foreign Intelligence requirement LEGEND: FISA = Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 FISC =...
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How Are We Doing? -- 1st-Quarter Review of the USSS Long Range Plan

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-03
The U.S. SIGINT System strategy is known as the “placemat.” The Signals Intelligence Directorate's outline of implementation plans and milestones to accomplish the strategic goals is available online, along with the most recent performance review. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) How Are We Doing? -- 1st-Quarter Review of the USSS Long Range Plan FROM: SIGINT Pe...
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JAVLIN: Streamlining Second Party Multimedia Dissemination

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-29
Thanks to the new automated “JAVLIN” system, Second Party Partners can “provide multimedia reports directly to U.S. customers via INTELINK without manual intervention from NSA.” Before JAVLIN, every multimedia report was manually reviewed and classified using a U.S. classification marker. JAVLIN automatically classifies multimedia.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (C//SI) JAVLIN: Streamlining Second Party Multimedia Dissemination FROM: Tech Lead, Technolo...
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Learn How Our Adversaries 'Hide the Real, Show the False': Upcoming NCS Course

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-26
A course on Adversarial Denial & Deception Analysis will be offered by the National Cryptologic School. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Learn How Our Adversaries 'Hide the Real, Show the False': Upcoming NCS Course FROM: SID ...
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SIGINT Development Working Group Meets in Oslo, Norway

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-22
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. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) SIGINT Development Working Group Meets in Oslo, Norway FROM: Foreign Affairs Officer ...
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How I Spent MY Summer Vacation!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-22
A summer intern from Wellesley College knew nothing about satellites when she was assigned to the Overhead Collection Management Center. She emerged with an understanding of overhead vehicles and an appreciation of the NSA and her mentors and coworkers. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) How I Spent MY Summer Vacation! FROM: Overhead Collection Management Center (S3333) Run D...
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New 'Persian Rapid Response Cell' Aims to Fill Linguistic Gulf

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-16
A new unit named the Persian Rapid Response Cell was formed to respond to crisis-related issues involving Iran and to mentor new Persian linguists. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New 'Persian Rapid Response Cell' Aims to Fill Linguistic Gulf FROM: PRRC Run Date:...
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New Policy: Preserving Intellectual Capital in the Event of a Disaster

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-15
A new directive obligates Signals Intelligence Directorate staff to save materials designated “intellectual capital” to common shared drives and directories, so they can be recovered in case a disaster renders Fort Meade inoperable. Such materials can include source code, databases, and planning and procedure documents.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New Policy: Preserving Intellectual Capital in the Event of a Disaster FROM: Deput...
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New Cell to Make SIGINT Assessment Reporting 'All That It Can Be'

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-13
A new department will focus exclusively on SIGINT Assessment reports, which are holistic analyses of all the information the NSA has on a certain target, often spanning years. These reports are popular within the community. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New Cell to Make SIGINT Assessment Reporting 'All That It Can Be' FROM: Carl Johnso...
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Thanks and Congratulations to REDACTED

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-07
The former deputy director of data acquisition will move to work under the director for national intelligence. Two Signals Intelligence Directorate veterans will take over the Data Acquisition Directorate. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Thanks and Congratulations to FROM: MG Richard Quirk, USA SIGINT Director Run Date...
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New USSID: Who Can Access Raw SIGINT

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-06
Members of the intelligence community classified as “SIGINT production-chain personnel” may access raw signals intelligence. A new directive, USSID CR610, dictates which employees qualify to view this material.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) New USSID: Who Can Access Raw SIGINT FROM: and SIGINT Policy (S02L1) Run Date: 09...
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SIGINT Counterterrorism Requirements Undergo Review

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-06
A meeting at the National Counterterrorism Center assessed the NSA’s role in cross-agency counterterrorism work, and a working group will consider gaps in the NSA’s collection practices that could help other agencies gather intelligence. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) SIGINT Counterterrorism Requirements Undergo Review FROM: SID Account Manager for ...

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