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DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Conference on Organized Crime Held This Week FROM: SINIO for International Crime and Narcotics Run Date: 05/23/2003 (U//FOUO) In recent years, there has been increase in cross-border criminal activities, including trafficking in drugs, people, weapons, as well as in the laundering of the proceeds. On May 19th, the SINIO for Crime and Narcotics, in concert with the International Crime and Narcotics product line, sponsored a conference on International Organized Crime: The Threat to U.S. National Security and The Challenge of Global Organized Crime . This conference examined the transnational criminal organizations that engage in these activities, as well as the threats posed to U.S. security. (U//FOUO) Mr. Bill Black, NSA Deputy Director, commenced the conference, and introduced keynote speaker Grant Ashley, Assistant Director, FBI Criminal Investigations. Experts from both academia and the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities provided briefings on: the U.S. position in defending the homeland against organized crime syndicates; the nexus of organized crime, terrorism and drugs; the economic threat to U.S. national security from organized crime and money laundering; exploring money laundering vulnerabilities; global organized crime and the threat to critical infrastructures; and Russian organized crime. (U//FOUO) Providing the NSA workforce with strategic information from experts working these issues outside of the Intelligence Community is a critical approach in keeping fresh and expanding for our analysts the global understanding and integration of these national security topics, serving as a critical enabler in educating and leading the workforce to meet the needs and priorities of the future, and providing a big picture scope with which to guide and reinforce our internal efforts on the organized crime target. (U//FOUO) Most unique about this particular conference, which is one in a series, was that for the first time, our community customers were invited to attend, providing both audience diversity and a unique opportunity for networking between academia, the Intelligence Community, and Law Enforcement. Participants included attendees from MRSOC, Drug Enforcement Administration, State Department, CIA, Justice Department, FBI, and Canada's Communications Security Establishment (CSE). "(U//FOUO) SIDtoday articles may not be republished or reposted outside NSANet without the consent of S0121 (DL sid comms)." DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL DERIVED FROM: NSA/CSSM 1-52, DATED 08 JAN 2007 DECLASSIFY ON: 20320108

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