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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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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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A Growing Security Challenge: Competition for Water

This 22 March 2006 post from the NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter shows the agency collecting intelligence on the competition for water by spying on nongovernmental organizations, multilateral organizations, and government officials. The agency followed tensions around an India-Pakistan water treaty; increasing competition for water in Africa; and water-related conflicts in Sudan, Afghanistan, and Iraq: see the Intercept article The NSA’s Role in a Climate-Changed World: spying on nonprofits, fishing boats, and the North Pole, 15 August 2018.

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