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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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SIGINT Seniors Making History – in a Good Way

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-02
This 2005 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday describes the conclusions of a meeting of the SIGINT Seniors group – the participants committed the 12 nations to deploy a tactical communications system in Afghanistan and build on the successful partnership during the Athens Olympics Games in advance of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy […]
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SIGINT Seniors Making History - in a Good Way FROM: FAD's MultiNational/Second P...
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SIGINT Partnership Agrees to Greater Sharing

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2010-08-12
This 12 August 2010 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday describes the outcomes of the annual Sigint Seniors Europe (SSEURP) conference, which agreed in principle to increase information sharing: see the Intercept article The Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI//REL) SIGINT Partnership Agrees to Greater Sharing on Afghanistan, CT, Piracy, and ...
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About the Virtual Private Network SIGDev Working Group...

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-05-12
A brief description of a working group focused on monitoring and helping to exploit virtual private networks, or VPNs. Established in 2004, the working group publishes regular "VPN Target Activity Reports" on dozens of countries and organizations around the world. "These reports may help you exploit targets' VPNs more successfully," the chair of the working group writes.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (TS//SI) About the Virtual Private Network SIGDev Working Group... FROM: Chair NSA VPN WG, Ad...
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Prototype Collection Systems Deployed to Iraq

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-08
Three prototypes of a new signal discovery system, SIGINT T-VO, have been installed at bases in Baghdad. The system records radio frequency signals so that analysts can find and exploit previously undiscovered VHF/UF signals and analyze events like IED detonations to detect signals that might be related to anti-Iraqi forces communications.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S//SI) Prototype Collection Systems Deployed to Iraq<br>FROM: MAJ Eric Toler, USA<...
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Interview with... Charlie Meals, Signals Intelligence Deputy Director

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-10-13
In an interview, the deputy director describes his early days in the NSA's "weather shop," decrypting Soviet weather reports.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U//FOUO) Interview with... Charlie Meals, Signals Intelligence<br>Deputy Director<...
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UN Security Council: Round Two of U.S. Draft Resolution on Iraq

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-07
Critical analysis of a U.S. draft resolution on Iraq in the U.N. Security Council and its chances of success.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) UN Security Council: Round Two of U.S. Draft Resolution<br>on Iraq<br>FROM...
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Are You a Grizzled Veteran? (repost)

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-11-28
(Repost) Memories of NSA and signals intelligence in prior decades.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Are You a Grizzled Veteran? (repost)<br>FROM: Unattributed<br>Unknown<br>Run Dat...
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Fusing Signals Data, with WARGODDESS

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Release Date: 2016-05-16 Document Date: 2003-05-21
WARGODDESS is a system that fuses multiple sources of signal data to help characterize targets and threats and produce estimates about targets and their intentions.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) Fusing Signals Data, with WARGODDESS<br>FROM:<br>WARGODDESS System Enginee...
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Did You Know that the CIA Established the German Intelligence Service?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-23
SIDtoday describes revelations, contained in contemporaneously released documents, on the secret history of the CIA’s relationship with Nazi Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, the German Army’s intelligence chief during World War II and eventual president of West Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Did You Know that the CIA Established the German Intelligence Service? FROM: (S//SI) SUS...
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'Fourth of July Abroad' Tales (part 2)

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-07-01
SIDtoday readers tell more stories about Fourth of July celebrations overseas.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) 'Fourth of July Abroad' Tales (part 2) FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: 07/0...
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SIGINT Analysts: In-flight GSM Is No Joke

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2010-05-18
This 18 May 2010 article from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday outlines how the agency is reacting to the growth of mobile phone services on board commercial aircraft: see the Intercept article American and British Spy Agencies Targeted In-flight Mobile Phone Use, 7 December 2016.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//RELTO USA, FVEY \\ (U//FOUO) In-Flight GSM S32423/S3T1 The overall classification of this briefing is TOP SECRET//COMTNT//REI, TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, FVE...
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Joining S3: An Interview with Rick Ledgett

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-09-23
The new assistant deputy director for data acquisition answers questions about his career, his recent tour at Pacific Command, and plans for his management role. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Joining S3: An Interview with Rick Ledgett FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run ...
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A Remembrance of NSA Thanksgivings Past...

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-22
Staffers remember Thanksgiving meals they had while deployed in Kenya, Somalia, Philippines, and Germany. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) A Remembrance of NSA Thanksgivings Past... FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: ...
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Intelligence Need Released to Third Parties

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-02-16
The NSA released its first-ever "intelligence need" ”” a request for assistance in collecting signals intelligence from Second and Third Party partners ”” in monitoring a specific information target relating to the Iraqi election. An Italian partner responded with an extensive report.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Intelligence Need Released to Third Parties FROM: formerly of FAD's SID Operations...
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NSA and Turkey Cooperate on WAGTAIL Collection

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-01-24
"WAGTAIL," a new system for collecting PCM (pulse code modulation) signals, has been established in Turkey as a collaboration between the NSA's Technical Liaison Office and the Turkish military. From its location on a Turkish base, the NSA hopes to intercept fax and call signals from Syrian intelligence, several mujahideen and terrorist organizations, and the Syrian presidential palace that will lead to new sources of intelligence, which it will share with its Turkish counterpart.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) NSA and Turkey Cooperate on WAGTAIL Collection FROM: (C) SIGINT Engineer, NSA/CSS Re...
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Assisting in the Hunt for al-Qa'ida Leadership

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2005-01-11
An intelligence analysis intern deployed to Afghanistan for 90 days working as a geospatial metadata analyst at Bagram Airfield.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Assisting in the Hunt for al-Qa'ida Leadership<br>FROM:<br>Intelligence Analysi...
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SIGINT Seniors Making History - in a Good Way

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-02
The SIGINT Seniors conference includes signals intelligence leaders from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. At the 2005 conference, the participants committed the 12 nations to deploy a tactical communications system in Afghanistan and build on the successful partnership during the Athens Olympics Games in advance of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy and the FIFA World Cup in Germany.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SIGINT Seniors Making History - in a Good Way FROM: FAD's MultiNational/Second Party Offi...
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A 'Quick' Run-Down on the 'SLO' Conference

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-06-08
The NSA's Signals Intelligence Liaison Officers, who are stationed with different agencies around the globe, held their annual conference at which they discussed the past year's successes; the NSA's restructuring; and their sense of isolation from the rest of the NSA, in part because SLOs cannot access NSAnet.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) A 'Quick' Run-Down on the 'SLO' Conference FROM: Sharon Schwemin Foreign Affairs Director...
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Was Shooting for the Moon, But Landed at NSA Instead

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-05-31
An NSA linguist reminisces on his life's journey: from a childhood as the son of a contractor who worked on the Apollo program to a career as an NSA Russian linguist who monitored the Soviet space station.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Was Shooting for the Moon, But Landed at NSA Instead FROM: Language & All Source Knowled...
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InSIDer's View of History: Onboard Air Force Two Bound for Moscow

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-04-16
Author shares an anecdote about how being in the right place at the right time skyrocketed his career.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) InSIDer's View of History: Onboard Air Force Two Bound for<br>Moscow<br>FROM: B...
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CRD Launches 'CRD Forward' Initiative with Roadshow to Germany and the UK

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-03-23
The Customer Relationships Directorate leadership traveled to U.S. Europe Command in the United Kingdom and Germany.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) CRD Launches 'CRD Forward' Initiative with Roadshow to<br>Germany and the UK<br...
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SID Around the World: Life in the Field

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Release Date: 2016-05-16 Document Date: 2003-07-02
An employee of the Cryptologic Applications Directorate writes about tours in Europe.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) SID Around the World: Life in the Field<br>FROM:<br>NCEUR/CApps Chief of Staff (...
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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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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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Life as a TLO in Oslo

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-10-14
A technical liaison officer stationed in Norway describes his job working with the Norwegian Intelligence Service and the Finnish Intelligence Research Establishment. There have been numerous recent outages in communications between the NSA and NIS facilities, and upgrades will be implemented. Finland is a new signals intelligence partner, and the relationship is growing. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Life as a TLO in Oslo FROM: (S//SI) TLO Oslo Run Date: 10/14/2005 (S//SI) A Technic...
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Counterterrorism Coalition Conference Marks Several Firsts

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-06-14
At a meeting of counterterrorism analysts from 12 participating nations, there was agreement on the exchange of telephony metadata and facilitating the exchange of call chaining diagrams.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) Counterterrorism Coalition Conference Marks Several Firsts FROM: FAD's Special Advisor t...
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A Little Bad Aibling Nostalgia

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-06-04
With the closing of Bad Aibling Station in Germany, some BA veterans post a list of nostalgic recollections from working there.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U//FOUO) A Little Bad Aibling Nostalgia<br>FROM: Some BA Veterans<br>Unknown<br>Ru...
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Interview with... Deborah Maklowski, NSA/CSS Senior Intelligence Authority and IA Skill Community Advocate

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-06-01
A senior intelligence official is interviewed about her career with the agency.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U//FOUO) Interview with... Deborah Maklowski, NSA/CSS Senior<br>Intelligence Autho...
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Are You a Grizzled Veteran?

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-09-12
Memories of NSA and signals intelligence in prior decades.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Are You a Grizzled Veteran?<br>FROM: Unattributed<br>Unknown<br>Run Date: 09/12/...

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