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The National Security Agency — Operates more than 500 separate signals intelligence platforms Employs roughly 30,000 civilians and military Budget: $10 billion by Mind Map: The National Security Agency — Operates more than 500 separate signals intelligence platforms  Employs roughly 30,000 civilians  and military  Budget: $10 billion
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The National Security Agency — Operates more than 500 separate signals intelligence platforms Employs roughly 30,000 civilians and military Budget: $10 billion

F6: Special Collection Service HQ (Beltsville, MD) — Joint CIA/NSA field collection agency operating from embassies and other denied locations. Director reports to DIRNSA


SI or COMINT -- denotes sensitive SiGINT, DNI and cyber sources and methods

ECI -- protects NSA relationships with other government agencies and private companies.

VRK -- exceptionally sensitive sources of national and strategic importance

RAGTIME -- protects "product " gathered from FISA intercepts

Large domestic operating field sites

Columbia, MD

Friendship Annex, Linthicum, MD

Finksberg, MD

Bowie, MD

College Park, MD

Ft. Belvoir, VA

Fairfax, VA

Washington, DC

Ft. Detrick (Site R)

Camp Williams, UT

NSA Georgia (Ft. Gordon)

NSA Texas (Lackland AFB, San Antonio)

Greenville, TX

NSA Hawaii (Kunia)

NSA Denver (Aurora), co-located with CIA's National Resources Division

NSA Oak Ridge (Tennessee)


Winter Harbor, ME

Formerly: Sugar Grove, WV, Rosman, NC TIMBERLINE

NSA Continuity of Government site

NSA CMOC -- Cheyenne Mounfain

Main Databases and SIGINT architecture

Aquador — Merchant ship tracking tool

NUCLEON — Global telephone content database

AIRGAP — Priority missions tool used to determine SIGINT gaps

HOMEBASE — A tactical tasking tool for digital network identification

SNORT — Repository of computer network attack techniques/coding

WIRESHARK — Repository of malicious network signatures

TRAFFICTHIEF — Raw SIGINT viewer for data analysis


BANYAN — NSA tactical geospatial correlation database

MESSIAH/WHAMI — ELINT processing and analytical database

MAINWAY — Telephony metadata collection database

ONEROOF — Main tactical SIGINT database (Afghanistan), consisting of raw and unfiltered intercepts, associated with Coastline tool


MARINA — Internet metadata collection database

ASSOCIATION — Tactical SIGINT social network database




PROTON — SIGINT database for database for time-sensitive targets/counterintelligence

PINWALE — SIGINT content database



OCTAVE/CONTRAOCTIVE — Collection mission tasking tool -- where "selectors" live

CONVEYENCE DNI content database

ANCHORY — Main repository of finished NSA SIGINT reports (associated with MAUI)

WRANGLER — Electronic Intelligence intercept raw database




Analytical Systems





CASPORT -- main NSA corporate / access identification tool used to control product dissemination

DISHFIRE -- Associational and relational database for political and strategic intelligence by key selectors


CULTWEAVE Priority SIGINT Database

Broom Stick


AGILITY - Database of foreign intelligence selectors

TURMOIL -- fiber switch collection database

Transit Switch / Hub Collection and Processing Tools

Reporting tools

NSA Field Stations — Remote collection and analytical facilities

F7: Meade Operations Center — 24/7 SIGINT support to deployed military units

SORC/FP: Special Operations Readiness Cells (Focal Point) — Support to special operations forces as part of the Focal Point Special Access Program

Foreign Affairs Directorate — Liaison with foreign intelligence services, counter-intelligence centers, UK/USA and FIVE EYES exchanges

Office of Export Control Policy

NSA Acquisitions and Procurement Directorate

Program Executive Office — Oversees acquisition of major NSA backbone projects like TRAILBLAZER, CMM, REBA, JOURNEYMAN, and ICEBERG

Advanced Analytical Laboratory

Corporate Assessments Offices

Rebuilding Analysis Program Office

Knowledge System Prototype Program Office

Maryland Procurement Office

Acquisition Logistics Integrated Product Team

Information Assurance Directorate

IC: Cyber Integration Division

IE: Engagement Division

I2: Trusted Engineering Solutions

I3: Information Operations

I4: Fusion, Analysis, Mitigation

Research Directorate

R1: Math

R2: Trusted Systems

R3: LPS — Physical science lab

R4: LTS — Telecom science lab ( high-speed networks, wireless communications, and quantum key distribution)

R05: Center for the Advanced Study of Language

R6: Computer and Information Science

RX: Special Access Programs/Compartmented Research

Signals Intelligence Directorate

S1: Customer Relations

S2: Analysis and Production

S3: Data Acquisition

SV -- Signals Intelligence Directorate Oversight and Compliance

SSG -- SIGDEV Strategy and Governance

T: Technical Directorate

TE: Enterprise Systems Engineering and Architecture

TS: Information Systems and Security

TT: Independent Test and Evaluation

T1: Mission Capabilities

T2: Business Capabilities

T3: Enterprise IT Services

T5: CARILLION — High performance computing center

T6: Technical SIGINT and Ground Capabilities

OTRS -- Office of Target Reconnaissance and Survey -- provides rapid technological solutions for tactical SIGINT problems

Information Technology Infrastructure Services (ITIS) System Office

L: Installation and Logistics

M: Human Resources — Q: Security and Counterintelligence

Q2: Office of Military Personnel

Q3: Office of Civilian Personnel

QJ1: HR operations/global personnel SA

Q43: Information Policy Division

Q5: Office of Security

Q509: Security Policy Staff

Q51: Physical Security Division

Q52: Field Security Division


Q56: Security Awareness

Q57: Polygraph

Q7: Counterintelligence

Cross-functional units // co-located with SID S2 Production Lines

National Security Operations Center — Main NSA intelligence watch facility

Integrated Broadcast Support Services Office — Provides SIGINT "RSS" feeds to customers

DEFSMAC: Defense Special Missile and Aerospace Center

NSA/CSS Commercial Solutions Center

NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center — Main cyber watch center

Unified Cryptologic Architecture Office

Plans and Exercise Office

J2 Cryptologic Intelligence Unit (collects intelligence on worldwide cryptologic efforts).

Directorate for Education and Training

Directorate for Corporate Leadership