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To Nab Afghan Nemesis, German Forces Launch Rare Take-Down Operation; US SIGINT Provides Key Support

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Release Date: 2014-12-28 Document Date: 2009-06-12
This 12 June 2009 post from NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter recounts a German/Afghan targeted operation and its support from the agency: see the Der Spiegel article Obama’s Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan, 28 December 2014.
SIDToday - To Nab Afghan Nemesis, German Forces Launch Rare Take-Down Operation; U.S. SIGINT Prov... DYNAMIC PAGE - HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS C...
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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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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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Global Capabilities Manager: What the New Position Entails

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-08
A recent restructuring created the new position title of Global Capabilities Manager. The GCM for Combating Proliferation explains his role: developing overarching global strategies and assessing the NSA’s capability to address this area rather than focus on daily operations. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Global Capabilities Manager: What the New Position Entails FROM: SIGINT Communicati...
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Jordanians Provide Arabic OJT

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-11
Four NSA language analysts are in Jordan to receive on-the-job Arabic language training from analysts at the Jordanian Electronic Warfare Directorate. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Jordanians Provide Arabic OJT FROM: (S//SI) Country Desk Officer Jordan (DP14) Run Da...
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Friedman Presentation: Career Opportunities at NSA's Field Headquarters

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-05
As part of the agency's Mission Alignment initiative, a recruitment event for opportunities at NSA field headquarters in Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and Hawaii will be held.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U//FOUO) Friedman Presentation: Career Opportunities at NSA's<br>Field Headquarter...
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A Patriot's Story

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-07-02
A SID employee describes how her patriotism led her to join the NSA after September 11.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) A Patriot's Story<br>FROM: <br>Lebanese Hizballah Branch (S2I22)<br>Run Date: 0...
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Media Leaks - Part I (repost)

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-12-31
(Repost) NSA refers to media leaks as “cryptologic insecurities.” This article lists several examples from 2000-2002 (from CBS News, “New York Times Daily News,” the Washington Times, and WorldNetDaily) along with damage assessments and follow-on actions, like reporting to the DOJ and requesting an FBI investigation.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Media Leaks - Part I (repost)<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Run Date: 12/31/...
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SIGINT Helps Hobble the Taleban by Cutting Off Their Livelihood

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Release Date: 2014-12-28 Document Date: 2009-02-03
A post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday shows that, as of 2008, “narcotics traffickers were added to the Joint Prioritized Effects List (JPEL) for the first time”: see the Der Spiegel article Obama’s Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan, 28 December 2014.
SIDToday - SIGINT Helps Hobble the Taleban by Cutting Off Their Livelihood DYNAMIC PAGE - HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL • SIDtodav A...
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NSA Georgia Opens New Audio-Forensics Lab

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Release Date: 2018-01-19 Document Date: 2007-02-22
This 22 February 2007 article from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday announces a new audio-forensic lab to assist with the automatic analysis of voice intercept: see the Intercept article Finding Your Voice, 19 January 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) NSA Georgia Opens New Audio-Forensics Lab FROM: Marti Hix Mercer Chief, Co...
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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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What's Happening at NSA/CSS Hawaii

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-05
Several senior NSA leaders visited NSA/CSS Hawaii. The facility is also upgrading its IT systems. 
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 Hawaii FROM: Colonel Mark Westergren, USAF Signals Inte...
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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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Monthly Update: What's Happening in the Customer Relationships Directorate

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-03
The Customer Relationships Directorate updates the rest of the Signals Intelligence Directorate on notable recent developments, including a restructuring to “more fully integrate NSA/CSS with the warfighter,” a close collaboration with GCHQ on the London bombings, and several promotions. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Monthly Update: What's Happening in the Customer Relationships Directorate FROM: Charles ...
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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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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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A&P Leaders Convene in Texas

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-03-17
Senior leaders from Analysis & Production met to discuss crucial issues and visited the NSA Texas facility.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) A&P Leaders Convene in Texas FROM: Carl Johnson SID/Deputy Director for Analysis & Produc...
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Happenings at NSA/CSS Hawaii

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-25
The Hawaii Signals Intelligence Directorate (formerly known as the Kunia Regional Security Operations Center) has new leadership: Col. Mark Westergren as director and Sally Holcomb as deputy director. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Happenings at NSA/CSS Hawaii FROM: Colonel Mark Westergren, USAF Director, NSA/CSS Hawaii...
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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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Spanning The Globe...Misawa to Menwith Hill: Part 2

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Release Date: 2016-05-16 Document Date: 2003-10-23
In part 2, the computer scientist describes lifestyle differences between Japan and the U.K. Menwith Hill is four hours from a Taco Bell.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Spanning The Globe...Misawa to Menwith Hill: Part 2<br>FROM:<br>Software Develop...
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Bob Blackwell Joins A&P

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-23
A new assistant deputy director comes to SID from a long career at the CIA.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET SI TK REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(C) Bob Blackwell Joins <br><br>FROM: Bob Blackwell<br>Assistant Deputy Director for Analysi...
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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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Mil-to-Mil Conference Addresses Coalition Operations

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-06-15
Representatives from the NSA, military, and Five Eyes partners met to discuss signals intelligence support for military coalition operations.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Mil-to-Mil Conference Addresses Coalition Operations FROM: FAD's Multinational/Second Pa...
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The Collection Strategies and Requirements Center (CSRC) Realigns

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-07-26
The Collection Strategies and Requirements Center has realigned functions and personnel to better serve as the “front door” for data acquisition throughout the NSA and with external partners. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) The Collection Strategies and Requirements Center (CSRC) Realigns FROM: Data Acquis...

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