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Special Source Operations Weekly – 18 April 2013

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2013-04-18
This extract from the 18 April 2013 edition of the internal NSA newsletter Special Source Operations Weekly provides details of five PRISM reports based on the output of Iranian academics working in the field of medical science. The presentation says the universities “are suspected of being linked to Iranian CBW [chemical and biological warfare] programs”: […]
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY The overall classification of this briefing is: TOP SECRET//SI//ORCON/NOFORN Approval for dissemination of infor...
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Chinese Exfiltrate Sensitive Military Technology

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Release Date: 2015-01-17
These three undated NSA slides describe alleged Chinese cyberattacks against US military targets, codenamed BYZANTINE HADES: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
(U) Acquired radar design - (U) Numbers and types of modules (U) Detailed engine schematics (U) Methods for cooling gases (U) Leading and trailing edge treatments (U) Aft deck he...
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Coming Soon! A Tool that Enables Non-Linguists to Analyse Foreign-TV News Programs

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Release Date: 2015-05-05 Document Date: 2008-10-23
This October 2008 article from an NSA internal newsletter SIDToday Enhanced Video Text and Audio Processing (eViTAP), a tool that provides automatic translations of news broadcasts in English, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin and Farsi: see the Intercept article The Computers are Listening: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text, 5 May 2015. sidtoday-non-linguists-final
(U//FOUO) Coming Soon! A Tool that Enables Non-Linguists to Analyze Foreign-TV News ______________________ Programs FROM: Center for Time-Sensitive Information (S2413) Run Date: 10/23/20...
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SSO Web > (U) Blarney

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Release Date: 2016-11-16
This screenshot from the NSA’s internal SSO Web provides an introduction to BLARNEY: see the Intercept article Titanpointe: The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain View, 16 November 2016.
f' SSO Web > (U) BLARNEY Home - Windows Internet Explorer -siOJjsJ H ft *t A Live Search P ’ File Edit View Favorites lools Help Links 0_ (U) Shortened URL Service 0 , PRISM 0 S...
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Dragons, Shrimp, and XKEYSCORE: Tales from the Land of Brothers Grimm

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Release Date: 2014-06-18 Document Date: 2012-04-13
This internal NSA post dated 13 April 2012 from the European Cryptologic Center in Darmstadt, Germany recounts an “XKS training blitz”: see the Der Spiegel article New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden’s Germany File, 18 June 2014.
(U//FOUO) Dragons, Shrimp, and XKEYSCORE; Tales from the Land of Brothers Grimm European Cryptologic Center, SIGDEV (F22) Run Date: 04/13/2012 (S//REL) The European Cryptologic Center ...
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On the Road Again: SID Team Visits Germany

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Release Date: 2014-06-18 Document Date: 2006-02-01
This internal NSA post from 1 February 2006 describes the visit several agency personnel to bases in Germany: see the Der Spiegel article Spying Together: Germany’s Deep Cooperation with the NSA, 18 June 2014.
(U//FOUO) On. the Road Again: SID Team Visits Germany Assistant Deputy Director for Analysis & Production (S2) Run Date: 02/01/2006 (U//FOUO) After staying around headquarters for the las...
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A Little Bad Aibling Nostalgia

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This post from the NSA intranet dated 6 April 2001 gives the reactions of staff to the announced closure of the Bad Aibling station in Bavaria (in the event, the NSA retained a presence at the base): see the Der Spiegel article Spying Together: Germany’s Deep Cooperation with the NSA, 18 June 2014.
(U//FOUO) A Little Bad Aibling Nostalgia FROM: Some DA Veterans Unknown Run Date: 06/04/2004 (U//FOUO) Once the closure of Bad Aibling Station (located in southern Bavaria in Germany) b...
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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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The Life of an Exec (repost)

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-26
(Repost) The executive assistant to SIGINT Director Quirk describes a "daily roller coaster ride."
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) The Life of an Exec (repost)<br>FROM: <br>Former Interim Civilian Executive Ass...
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Prudence is a Very Winning Virtue!

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-18
"Prudence" ”” the newly named OPSEC dragon mascot ”” will begin dispensing operational security advice throughout SID. The dragon lists the five questions staffers should answer to threat model for their individual jobs.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Prudence is a Very Winning Virtue!<br>FROM: 'Prudence' the OPSEC Dragon<br>(and...
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NSA and GCHQ Senior Leaders Hold Annual Talks

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-12
The NSA and GCHQ leadership held their annual Joint Management Review and recommitted themselves to working together on SIGINT missions.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) NSA and GCHQ Senior Leaders Hold Annual Talks<br>FROM: <br>FAD/Country Desk Off...
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Things You Should Know About Information Sharing (repost)

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-10-25
(Repost) An introduction to information sharing: "the need to get every type of valuable information -- from whatever source -- to those who can use it."
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Things You Should Know About Information Sharing (repost)<br>FROM: <br>Analysis...
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Last Chance to Take the 60-Second Survey

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-10-15
It's the last chance for SID staffers to take a survey about internal communications.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Last Chance to Take the 60-Second Survey<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Unkn...
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PKI Certificate Drive Reaches the Homestretch

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-08-31
Warning that there's just over one month before the deadline for everyone to get their public key infrastructure certificate, part of the new internal security system for encrypted email and authentication.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) PKI Certificate Drive Reaches the Homestretch<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br...
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Time Is Running Out!

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-08-10
SID staff have only two more months to get public key infrastructure certificates.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Time Is Running Out!<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Unknown<br>Run Date: 08/...
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MG Quirk and Charlie Meals To Be On TalkNSA

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-08-04
SID's leadership will answer email and phone call questions on a live broadcast available to all staff.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) MG Quirk and Charlie Meals To Be On TalkNSA<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>U...
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The Story Behind the Door

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-07-21
A staff member from Technology Services provides an account of how her department conceived of and created their prizewinning Fourth of July door decorations.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) The Story Behind the Door<br>FROM: <br>Technology Services (S212)<br>Run Date: ...
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Where Have All the Transcripts Gone?

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-07-20
As part of Desktop Modernization, transcripts are moving from the old system, SEMESTER, to the new system, CREST.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Where Have All the Transcripts Gone?<br>FROM: <br>Technology Services (S212)<br...
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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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Seniors' Pay and Benefits

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-29
Seniors get paid more and receive more benefits and bonuses.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Seniors' Pay and Benefits<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Unknown<br>Run Date:...
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SIDtoday Feedback

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-27
SIDtoday’s feedback function was broken; now it is fixed.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) SIDtoday Feedback<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Unknown<br>Run Date: 10/27/2...
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OIF Awards Update

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-27
SID ultimately received about $1 million in award funding for supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. SID teams and individuals received cash awards, time-off awards, and letters of appreciation; military commendations and medals were also awarded. The names of recipients were not published.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) OIF Awards Update<br>FROM:<br>SID Workforce Performance Management Executive<br>...
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Scavenger Hunt Answers

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-14
Answers to the Scavenger Hunt questions are revealed.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Scavenger Hunt Answers<br>FROM:<br>SIGINT Communications<br>Run Date: 10/14/2003...
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SIGINT Requirements' Analysis Center of Excellence (ACE)

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-14
The Analysis Center for Excellence is involved with evaluations and decisions for acquisitions strategies.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) SIGINT Requirements' Analysis Center of Excellence<br>(ACE)<br>FROM: Kevan...
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Airborne SIGINT Engineering Integrated Product Team - Part II

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-10-08
Airborne SIGINT Engineering Integrated Product Team is focused on Open System Architecture and wants to define and develop a common interface for many different surveillance technologies that’s cross-platform, re-usable, and interoperable.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) Airborne SIGINT Engineering Integrated Product Team Part II<br>FROM:<br>Na...
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A 'Grim' Fairy Tale?

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-12-19
Humor about jargon in NSA writing.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) A 'Grim' Fairy Tale?<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Unknown<br>Run Date: 12/1...
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SID Suite Open House - Today

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-12-17
Announcing a holiday open house. “There will be treats, candy canes, cookies, punch and chances to win one of 10 petite poinsettias!”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) SID Suite Open House - Today<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Unknown<br>...
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Call for Language Analysis Skill Community's Keystone Language Award

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-12-02
Nominations are requested for an award honoring “the highest technical and operational productivity in the field of language.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Call for Language Analysis Skill Community's Keystone Language<br>Award<br>FROM:...
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Media Leaks - Part 2

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-07-29
Brief summary of the process undertaken after a media leak is discovered. Media leaks are rarely prosecuted because of “fear that the case will attract even more attention than the original disclosure.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Media Leaks - Part 2<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Unknown<br>Run Date: 07/2...
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The Life of An Exec

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Release Date: 2016-05-16 Document Date: 2003-07-18
The executive assistant to SIGINT Director Quirk describes a “daily roller coaster ride.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) The Life of An Exec<br>FROM:<br>Interim Civilian Executive Assistant/SIGINT Dire...

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