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New CNO Capability Poised to Help Counter IEDs, Geolocate Terrorists

This 10 May 2006 SIDToday post outlines a computer network operations unit called Dragon Team which stages denial of service and geolocation attacks against the high power cordless phone networks then favoured by Iraqi and Afghan insurgents: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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Catch of the Day: Abu Mu’sab al-Zarqawi and Friends

In this SIDToday article dated 16 June 2006, an NSA analyst deployed with Special Operations Task Force Iraq describes the intelligence and “detainee reporting” that led to the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on June 7, 2006. Zarqawi was smoked out by uncovering his network and a key advisor who led the military to his hiding place, and also was killed: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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Instant-Gratification SIGINT

In this 14 February 2006 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday an Intelligence Analysis intern recounts their 90 day deployment with the Special Collection Service in Mosul, Iraq, during a time of intense activity against al-Zarqawi’s network in the city: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.
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Economic Reporting Strives to Interdict the Flow of ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ Components

This 16 May 2006 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday explains how economic intelligence led to restrictions on dual-use microprocessor sales by US companies, “ultimately saving American and coalition lives.” Front companies in the United Arab Emirates had been facilitating the transfer of components used for improvised explosive devices to Iran and Syria: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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The ‘Regruntlement’ of a SIGINT Collector

This 3 February 2005 article from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday marks the first posting from the ‘sigint curmudgeon’, a jaded veteran signals intelligence collection officer. In this post, he recalls a 17-month tour at the National Security Operations Center, where he was assigned to a Navy unit and served on duty during many key events in the war on terror, including the first night of the U.S. invasion of Iraq: see the Intercept article Before Snowden, an NSA Spy tried to incite change from the inside. He called himself the “curmudgeon” of signals intelligence, 15 August 2018.

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