NSA, A little help with Transparency

Just the facts.  How can the basic organization of a multi-billion dollar government agency be a secret?  Corrections and additions welcome

National Security Agency

Ten Operational Directorates

  • FAD – Foreign Affairs Directorate
  • IAD – Information Assurance Directorate
    • IC – Cyber Integration
    • IE – Engagement
    • I2 – Trusted Engineering Solutions
    • I3 – IA Operations
    • I4 – Fusion, Analysis and Mitigations
  • NCSC – NSA/CSS Commercial Solutions Center
  • NSOC – National Security Operations Center
  • NTOC – NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center
  • RD – Research Directorate
    • R1 – Math Research
    • R2 – Trusted Systems Research
    • R3 – Lab for Physical Sciences (LPS)
    • R4 – Lab for Telecom Sciences (LTS)
    • R05 – Center for Advanced Study of Languages
    • R6 – Computer and Info Sciences
    • RX – Special Access Research
  • ADET – Associate Directorate for Education and Training
  • SID – Signals Intelligence Directorate
    • S1 – Customer Relations
    • S2 – Analysis and Production
    • S2A- South Asia
    • S2B- China & Korea
    • S2C- International Security
    • S2D- Counter Foreign Intelligence
    • S2E- MEA
    • S2F- International Crime & Narcotics
    • S2G- Combatting Proliferation & Arms Control
    • S2H- Russia
    • S2I- Counterterrorism
    • S2J- Weapons and Space
    • S3 – Data Acquisition
    • S31222/IDEP
  • TD – Technology Directorate
    • TE – Enterprise Systems Engineering and Architecture
    • TS – Information and System Security
    • TT – Independent Test and Evaluation
    • T1 – Mission Capabilities
    • T2 – Business Capabilities
    • T3 – Enterprise IT Services
    • T332 Global Enterprise Command Center
    • T5 – High Performance Computing
    • T6 – Tech SIGINT & Ground Capabilities


4 responses to “NSA, A little help with Transparency

  1. Thanks, Bill. The lack of transparency in our government today is most disturbing. We might expect Vladimir Putin to still be fighting the Cold War, but our guys? We all know two dozen CIA agents were not in Benghazi to promote US grain sales, but the fairy tales used as a cover story were insulting to the lowest of village idiots. The president’s sinking acceptance rate is a direct reflection of this ongoing deception of the American public and our loss of confidence in our elected (?) officials. (Don’t get me going on the need for election reform!) Keep up the good work. Somewhere between you and Bill O’Reilly, there has to be a kernel of truth.

  2. James Bamford’s book “The Puzzle Palace” revealed that an NSA department called the Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center (DEFSMAC) routinely probes the entire world for indicators that a nuclear war has started, and has the goal to place an urgent message in front of the President within less than 10 minutes (called a “Critic” communication). Even if one accepts the official lie that 9/11 was a surprise attack, there is no way to excuse the complete lack of response of the “President” (who read to second graders instead of calling for NORAD to intercept the hijacked planes). While George W. Bush was clearly not the most sophisticated commander-in-chief that this nation has ever had, this is irrelevant — Vice President Cheney, the top leadership of the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies are extremely smart, at least in an IQ sense. The tremendous communication capabilities of many military departments were more than adequate to mount an effective defense of the National Capital Area, especially after the second tower had been hit and there is no excuse this trillion dollar intelligence communication system was not used to get the alleged Commander in Chief back to Air Force One immediately upon hearing the news that “the nation is under attack.”

    NSA works closely with the National Reconnaissance Office, the agency that runs America’s spy satellites. The NRO ran a “plane into building” exercise at its Virginia headquarters (near Dulles) during the attacks — essentially a “fire drill” that evacuated staff during an extremely crucial moment in world history, the precise moments when the planes went off-course.



    (8:48 a.m.-9:03 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Special NSA Warning Center First Learns from Television that US Is under Attack

    Within the headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland is a little-known unit called the Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center (DEFSMAC). According to author James Bamford, who is an expert on the NSA, the center’s purpose is “to serve as the nation’s chief warning bell for a planned attack on America. It serves as the focal point for ‘all-source’ intelligence—listening posts, early-warning satellites, human agents, and seismic detectors.” According to one former NSA official, DEFSMAC “has all the inputs from all the assets, and is a warning activity. They probably have a better feel for any worldwide threat to this country from missiles, aircraft, or overt military activities, better and more timely, at instant fingertip availability, than any group in the United States.” If they received indications that an attack was imminent, DEFSMAC officials could “immediately send out near-real-time and in-depth, all-source intelligence alerts to almost 200 ‘customers,’ including the White House Situation Room, the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon, the [Defense Intelligence Agency] Alert Center, and listening posts around the world.” Its analysts could be “closely monitoring all intercepts flooding in; examining the latest overhead photography; and analyzing data from early-warning satellites 22,300 miles above the equator. DEFSMAC would then flash the intelligence to the US Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, NORAD at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, and other emergency command centers.” But on this morning, as Bamford will conclude, “DEFSMAC learned of the massive airborne attacks after the fact—not from America’s multibillion-dollar spy satellites or its worldwide network of advanced listening posts, or its army of human spies, but from a dusty, off-the-shelf TV set.” [BAMFORD, 2004, PP. 33-35]

    from James Bamford, “Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency”

    Among the most secret organizations in OPS 1 is the Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center (DEFSMAC). At the entrance to Room 1E069 is the organization’s seal: an orbiting satellite and a patch of stars above the earth. Even within the intelligence community, DEFSMAC (pronounced “deaf-smack”), a joint project of the NSA and the DIA, remains little known.

  3. In order of priority?
    S1 – Customer Relations
    S2 – Analysis and Production
    S3 – Data Acquisition

    Initials – what do they mean?

    S2A- A?
    S2B- B?
    S2C- Crises?
    S2D- Disinfo?
    S2E- Eliminate?
    S2F- Friendlies?
    S2G- Guns?
    S2H- Harold & co.?
    S2I- Islamists?
    S2J- Jedi?

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