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Digital Network Exploitation (DNE), Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) and Computer Network Exploitation (CNE)

This post from internal NSA newsletter SIDToday dated 16 July 2003 explains the differences between different modes of collection and the terms the agency uses to decribe them. The article also notes that the sheer amount of information the agency collects is an issue – “our targets communications are increasingly buried by millions of non-target communications”: see the Intercept article Iraqi Insurgents Stymied the NSA and Other Highlights from 263 Internal Agency Reports, 10 August 2016.

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HPCP Conference Aids Collaboration

This post from internal NSA newsletter SIDToday dated 13 November 2003 discusses the results of a conference organised by the agency in order to tackle the problems it had monitoring High Powered Cordless Phones – standalone devices unconnected to the cellphone network – that year. In all 500 personnel participated in the conference, drawn from NSA, its Five Eyes partners, contractors and the US military: see the Intercept article Iraqi Insurgents Stymied the NSA and Other Highlights from 263 Internal Agency Reports, 10 August 2016.

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A New Approach to Uncovering WMD Programs

This post from internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, dated 27 August 2003 announces a new collaboration with academics from Lawrence Livermore National Academy to distinguish signals intelligence gained from civilian pharmaceutical projects from those that may be used for biological warfare. The “proof of concept” chosen for the initiative is a “suspect Iranian BW facility”: see the Intercept article How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide, 10 August 2016.
https://theintercept.com/2016/08/10/how-the-u-s-spies-on-medical-nonprofits-and-health-defenses-worldwide/

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Special Source Operations Weekly – 18 April 2013

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”: see the Intercept article How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide, 10 August 2016.

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DIA – Swimming Upstream in the SIGINT System

A post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday dated 6 November 2003 describes how the agency shared intercepted material from international NGOS and treaty monitoring organisations working in the health sector with the DIA’s Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center. The DIA unit was tasked with producing intelligence for the military “in support of force health protection”, particularly in the field of epidemiology: see the Intercept article How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide, 10 August 2016.

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