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Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:11:58 PM »
Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?

Watching the Watchers
Intelligence Gathering

GOVERNMENT
Information Gathering and Other Offices


We have all heard of the FBI, the CIA and the NSA... but except for those in the military, or those working for and with the Spooks, few people know just how MANY snooping Alphabet Clubs there really are...

Well your about to find out how much tax dollars go to watching YOU....

I will cover the above mentioned three, but lets start with one of my favorites, a real 'Illuminati' club if ever there was such a thing...

Information Awareness Office (IAO)



The Information Awareness Office is a branch of the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency whose mission is to "imagine, develop, apply, integrate, demonstrate and transition information technologies, components and prototype, closed-loop, information systems that will counter asymmetric threats by achieving total information awareness." The IAO is headed by John Poindexter,  :o former National Security Advisor in the Reagan Administration and chief architect of the Iran-Contra Affair.

The DARPA Information Awareness Office (IAO) is the focal point for DARPA’s effort to develop and demonstrate information technologies and components, and prototype closed-loop information systems. These information systems will counter asymmetric threats by achieving total information awareness useful for preemption, national-security warning, and national-security decision-making.

DARPA FACT SHEET

Extensive criticism of the IAO in the traditional media and on the Internet has come from both the left and the right—from civil libertarians and libertarians—who believe that massive information aggregation and analysis technologies lead to a form of dataveillance that can threaten individual liberties. To some, these developments are seen as another step down the slippery slope to a totalitarian state. Others believe that development of these technologies is inevitable and that designing systems and policies to control their use is a more effective strategy than simple opposition that has resulted in research and development projects migrating into classified programs.

SOURCE: Wikipedia

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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2011, 07:34:40 PM »
Intelligence Community (IC)



Definition of the Intelligence Community (IC)

The IC is a federation of executive branch agencies and organizations that work separately and together to conduct intelligence activities necessary for the conduct of foreign relations and the protection of the national security of the United States. These activities include:
   * Collection of information needed by the President, the National Security Council, the Secretaries of State and Defense, and other Executive Branch officials for the performance of their duties and responsibilities;
    * Production and dissemination of intelligence;
    * Collection of information concerning, and the conduct of activities to protect against, intelligence activities directed against the US, international terrorist and international narcotics activities, and other hostile activities directed against the US by foreign powers, organizations, persons, and their agents;

Special activities;
     * Administrative and support activities within the US and abroad necessary for the performance of authorized activities; and
     * Such other intelligence activities as the President may direct from time to time.

Use the links at the right to read legislation, reports, and executive orders that have defined the IC since 1947.

Home: Intelligence.gov
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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2011, 07:39:36 PM »
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
(DNI) (ODNI)




Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) (ODNI)

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) serves as the head of the Intelligence Community (IC). The DNI also acts as the principal advisor to the President; the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to the national security; and oversees and directs the implementation of the National Intelligence Program. The President appoints the DNI with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director is assisted by a Senate-confirmed Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI), appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

http://www.dni.gov/
http://www.odni.gov/

Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
http://www.defenselink.mil/osd/

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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011, 07:43:16 PM »
Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive
(ONCIX)




Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX)

The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and is staffed by senior counterintelligence (CI) and other specialists from across the national intelligence and security communities. The ONCIX develops, coordinates, and produces:

    * Annual foreign intelligence threat assessments and other analytic CI products.
    * An annual national CI strategy for the US Government.
    * Priorities for CI collection, investigations, and operations.
    * CI program budgets and evaluations that reflect strategic priorities.
    * In-depth espionage damage assessments.
    * CI awareness, outreach, and training standards policies.

http://www.ncix.gov/

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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2011, 07:46:28 PM »
Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISR)



Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISR)

The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, headquartered at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was activated June 8, 2007. Formerly known as the Air Intelligence Agency, the new Air Force ISR Agency reports to the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance as a field operating agency.

The agency organizes, trains, equips and presents assigned forces and capabilities to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for combatant commanders and the nation. It also implements and oversees the execution of Air Force policies intended to expand ISR capabilities.

The agency's 12,000 people serve at about 72 locations worldwide.

SOURCE: Wikipedia

AIR FORCE ISR AGENCY Fact Sheet

Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
http://www.afisr.af.mil/


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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2011, 07:48:31 PM »
US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)



US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)

INSCOM Mission

The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), a major Army command, conducts dominant intelligence, security and information operations for military commanders and national decision makers.

Charged with providing the warfighter the seamless intelligence needed to understand the battlefield and to focus and leverage combat power, INSCOM collects intelligence information in all intelligence disciplines. INSCOM also conducts a wide range of production activities, ranging from intelligence preparation of the battlefield to situation development, SIGINTanalysis, imagery exploitation, and science and technology intelligence production. INSCOM also has major responsibilities in the areas of counterintelligence and force protection, electronic warfare and information warfare, and support to force modernization and training.

INSCOM is a global command with four brigades that tailor their support to the specific needs of different theaters. Eight other groups or activities located worldwide focus primarily on a single intelligence discipline or function. They are available in a reinforcing role, enabling any combat commander to use INSCOM's full range of unique capabilities.

http://www.inscom.army.mil/

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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2011, 07:50:48 PM »
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)



National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

The NRO designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites. NRO products, provided to an expanding list of customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), can warn of potential trouble spots around the world, help plan military operations, and monitor the environment.

As part of the 16-member Intelligence Community, the NRO plays a primary role in achieving information superiority for the
U. S. Government and Armed Forces.

A DoD agency, the NRO is staffed by DoD and CIA personnel. It is funded through the National Reconnaissance Program, part of the National Foreign Intelligence Program.

Our Vision:
Freedom's Sentinel in Space: One Team, Revolutionizing Global Reconnaissance.

Our Mission:
The NRO is a joint organization engaged in the research and development, acquisition, launch and operation of overhead reconnaissance systems necessary to meet the needs of the Intelligence Community and of the Department of Defense. The NRO conducts other activities as directed by the Secretary of Defense and/or the Director of National Intelligence.

In recent years, the NRO has implemented a series of actions declassifying some of its operations. The organization was declassified in September 1992 followed by the location of its headquarters in Chantilly, VA, in 1994. In February 1995, CORONA, a photoreconnaissance program in operation from 1960 to 1972, was declassified and 800,000 CORONA images were transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration. In December 1996, the NRO announced for the first time, in advance, the launch of a reconnaissance satellite.

http://www.nro.gov/

Space Spooks # 1.. There will be more on these guys later

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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2011, 07:58:09 PM »
Secrets and Signs
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)




Secrets and Signs
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)


Those obsessed with Freemason conspiracy theories would probably go into orbit after learning that in 2000 the secretive National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launched a satellite into space whose official mission patch featured a symbol nearly identical to the one on the dollar bill. While this was probably not a Freemason satellite, the “all-seeing eye” was undoubtedly intended to serve the same symbolic function as an observation satellite does in reality. More interesting to those obsessed with the NRO is the fact that the patch also features four stars hovering in the sky. Independent observers claimed that the classified satellite launched into orbit was actually the fourth of its type. Four stars. Four satellites.

Military patches and logos—simply the latest examples of heraldry dating back thousands of years—are by definition symbolic, so it is no surprise that they contain symbols. What is surprising is that these symbols often reveal information about the satellites’ identities and missions that are otherwise classified.


The National Reconnaissance Office released the above emblem to boost employee morale.

The most recent issue of Cabinet Magazine has a really good article by artist and CIA expert Trevor Palgen about the iconography of military insignia, particularly of those branches of the military that "don't exist." How do you celebrate your work with traditional military regalia, Palgen asks, while retaining the secrecy which defines it? It's an interesting question.

Well, sometimes you don't. Take for example this embroidered patch, distributed by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the US "black" space agency primarily responsible for the operation of military reconnaissance satellites (and God-knows-what-else). The patch was released by the NRO to commemorate the launch of a Titan 4B from Vandenberg Air Force Base -- one that boosted, according to the Air Force, a classified payload into orbit.

Classified, that is, unless you can read into the NRO's weird symbolism. Apparently, the patch -- right down to the angles of those boomerang shapes -- is a dead giveaway about the launch payload, that, it has now been confirmed, were four "Lacrosse" recon-satellittes, which give the U.S. military the ability to monitor problem spots around the world and accurately target weapons in almost real time. Yikes, that is a whole other ball of yarn entirely that I am not going to tangle with now.

On a more abstract level, these kinds of patches betray the U.S. military's deep-rooted love of insignia and symbolism. So profound was their desire to reduce, stylize, and graphically compartmentalize the event that they couldn't contain themselves from nearly giving away really classified information. It's baffling, though. Who is this highly-coded symbolism, this "formal doctrine of signs," as Charles Sanders Pierce had it, for? The people that fly the covert experimental CIA jet-planes? Most of the time, the visual rhetoric is so obscure, and yet so clearly steeped in a formal methodology of signifiers, that it's hard to see who might have the pleasure of "getting" it.

SOURCE: http://www.urbanhonking.com/universe/archives/2007/02/

Burntheships (Blue Angel) will soon move her thread on Military Patches and their meaning. These are mission patches and not company logos like in this thread

The NRO Dragon Patch with No Name



A program patch for the once-secret National Reconnaissance Office.

SOURCE: Esquire Article

An embroidered patch, distributed by the National Reconnaissance Office, may have revealed the classified payload.

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Molczan, who tracks classified satellites as a hobby, posted his suspicions to the Internet after seeing the patch on a Website.

"Assuming that this will not be a launch of a new type of payload," wrote Molczan, "then the available clues point to a Lacrosse payload."

NRO spokesman Art Haubold, in an telephone interview with SPACE.com, was unable to comment on Molczans findings.

The Lacrosse satellites, also known by the code name Onyx, are believed to give the U.S. military the ability to monitor problem spots around the world, as well as help accurately target weapons in almost real time.

Molczan has been following the NROs launches since the first Lacrosse satellite was allegedly launched aboard the space shuttle in 1988.

"I helped organize the network of observers who began tracking Lacrosse 1 within hours of deployment, when it was still very near the shuttle," Molczan said in an e-mail interview with SPACE.com. "Hobbyists tracked the object throughout its life."

Molczan and his colleagues also documented the launch and orbit of two other Lacrosse satellites and had their suspicions that the August 17, 2000, launch of the Titan would be adding a fourth. But it wasn't until Molczan saw the patch that he was certain.

Sewn into the patch is a pair of eyes presumably belonging to the launch mascot, an owl surrounded by mesh frames. Also depicted are four boomerang-shaped objects, three white and one black, orbiting Earth. The slogan "We Own the Night" wraps around the bottom of the gold and black badge.

SOURCE: Space.com

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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2011, 08:06:23 PM »
National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS)



National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS)

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is America’s cryptologic organization. It coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. government information systems and produce foreign signals intelligence information. A high technology organization, NSA is on the frontiers of communications and data processing. It is also one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research within the government.

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) is a unique discipline with a long and storied past. SIGINT's modern era dates to World War II, when the U.S. broke the Japanese military code and learned of plans to invade Midway Island. This intelligence allowed the U.S. to defeat Japan's superior fleet. The use of SIGINT is believed to have directly contributed to shortening the war by at least one year. Today, SIGINT continues to play an important role in keeping the United States a step ahead of its enemies.

As the world becomes more and more technology-oriented, the Information Assurance (IA) mission becomes increasingly challenging. This mission involves protecting all classified and sensitive information that is stored or sent through U.S. government equipment. IA professionals go to great lengths to make certain that government systems remain impenetrable. This support spans from the highest levels of U.S. government to the individual warfighter in the field.

NSA conducts one of the U.S. government's leading research and development (R&D) programs. Some of the Agency's R&D projects have significantly advanced the state of the art in the scientific and business worlds.

http://www.nsa.gov/

National Security Agency Freedom of Information Act Public Reading Room
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2011, 08:10:18 PM »
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)



Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

About CIA

The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence community; act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security; and serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 amended the National Security Act to provide for a Director of National Intelligence who would assume some of the roles formerly fulfilled by the DCI, with a separate Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

General Michael V. Hayden, USAF, became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on May 30, 2006.

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and reports to the Director of National Intelligence.

https://www.cia.gov/

CIA World Factbook - Great Resource

CIA FOIA Electronic Reading Room

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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2011, 08:15:52 PM »
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)



Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Our Mission
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

Our Priorities
In executing the following priorities, we will produce and use intelligence to protect the nation from threats and to bring to justice those who violate the law.

    1. Protect the United States from terrorist attack
    2. Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage
    3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes
    4. Combat public corruption at all levels
    5. Protect civil rights
    6. Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises
    7. Combat major white-collar crime
    8. Combat significant violent crime
    9. Support federal, state, local and international partners
    10. Upgrade technology to successfully perform the FBI's mission

http://www.fbi.gov/

FBI FOIA Public Reading Room

FBI Records - The Vault

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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2011, 08:21:24 PM »
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)



U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Information Sharing & Analysis

The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for assessing the nation's vulnerabilities. It takes the lead in evaluating vulnerabilities and coordinating with other federal, state, local, and private entities to ensure the most effective response. The collection, protection, evaluation and dissemination of information to the American public, state and local governments and the private sector is central to this task.

Homeland Security Information Network

The Homeland Security Information Network provides a nation-wide platform to share essential homeland security information with the proper stakeholders. This information sharing is accomplished both horizontally across the government and vertically among federal, state and local governments, private sector and citizens as outlined in the President's National Strategy for Homeland Security.

http://www.dhs.gov/

DHS FOIA Library


DHS - Transportation Security Administration  (TSA)

http://www.tsa.gov/

DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

http://www.fema.gov/
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Re: Just How Many Spooks Do We Need?
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2011, 08:27:37 PM »
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)



National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Director’s Message

This 2007 Statement of Strategic Intent describes our vision, goals and objectives for the next five years for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. It has been helped considerably by input from throughout NGA and the Community. Integration and collaboration across the community is our pathway to success. GEOINT plays a critical role in virtually every Intelligence Community and Department of Defense mission; we will not fail to partner as closely as possible with our counterpart agencies and ensure that GEOINT is effectively utilized whenever and wherever it is needed.

Affixed to this SSI are two seals, the NGA seal and a seal representing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. The NSG seal represents our broader GEOINT community of practice and our commitment to collaboration, shared values and unity of effort. The seal will be used initially on documentation that governs or guides the NSG, and evolve to include GEOINT products that are produced under the framework of NSG Unified Operations.

The goals and objectives presented in this Statement of Strategic Intent fully align with priorities of both the Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Strategy and the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Intelligence Guidance. It emphasizes that we must focus outward and increase our operational tempo, for we are a nation at war. As such, we will support our partners with a heightened sense of urgency as a unified GEOINT community.

https://www1.nga.mil/Pages/default.aspx



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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2011, 08:29:27 PM »
Joint C4I Staff and Operations Course (JC4ISOC)



Joint C4I Staff and Operations Course (JC4ISOC)

Description

In order to better support today’s high OPTEMPO, the Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Staff and Operations Course (JC4ISOC) now offers a three-week operational level resident course sponsored by the Joint Staff J6. The mission of the JC4ISOC is to educate and train joint C4I decision makers in C4I concepts in the joint/coalition/interagency environments, the DoD’s organization and how it supports the C4I process, and the management and operation of current joint C4I systems and joint operational procedures associated with both strategic and theater/tactical systems. Students are required to demonstrate their learning by means of successfully completing an end of course examination and through participation in a C4I planning practical exercise.

http://www.jfsc.ndu.edu/

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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2011, 08:30:50 PM »
Army Intelligence DCS G-2



Army Intelligence DCS G-2

Welcome to the Army G-2 Homepage

Army Intelligence Vision:

An Army Intelligence team of highly trained professionals that operate as a key member of the Joint and National Intelligence Community; that enables ground commanders to fight and win our nation's wars across the operational spectrum; is adaptable, modular, and global; that integrates all Army ISR to maximize sensors to enhance awareness. A team that ultimately enables the Force to see first and understand first in order to act first and WIN DECISIVELY.

Our Mission:
DCS G-2 is responsible for policy formulation, planning, programming, budgeting, management, staff supervision, evaluation, and oversight for intelligence activities for the Department of the Army. DCS has Army Staff responsibility for overall coordination of the five major intelligence disciplines: Imagery Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, Human Intelligence, Measurement and Signature Intelligence, and Counterintelligence and Security Countermeasures.

http://www.dami.army.pentagon.mil/

 


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