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Deployment of New System Improves Access to Iranian Communications

A post from NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday dated 30 May 2006, describes a new collection system deployed to Kuwait that can listen in to Iranian satellite ground stations used by the Revolutionary Guard, resulting in valuable intelligence on Iran’s activities in Iraq, including its influence on the Iraqi government: 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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Can You Cut the Mustard as a SCO? — What It Takes

In this March 2006 post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, the “SIGINT Curmudgeon” reflects on what makes a good senior collection officer: operational focus, the ability to multitask, and, not least, a deep knowledge of the signals intelligence system: 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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Opinion Piece: The SIGINT Curmudgeon’s Last Shot!

In his last column for the NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter, the opinionated “SIGINT Curmudgeon” criticizes the NSA’s increased “corporatization” and its fondness for business lingo. The agency has no competitors, he writes, so he believes the corporate model is not appropriate: 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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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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