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SIGINT Seniors Pacific - An Update

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DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) SIGINT Seniors Pacific - An Update FROM: Chief of the Foreign Affairs Directorate's Asia/TransAsia Office (DP15) Run Date: 06/09/2005 (S) For background on the SSPac, see the article (S) New CT Intelligence Exchange With AsiaPacific Partners (S//SI) The initial meeting of the SSPac Principals took place last month, hosted by NSA at Camp Smith, Hawaii. This was the first opportunity for all eight founding member nations (Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, SIngapore, UK, and US) to meet and discuss the overall scope of the initiative, topics of concern, a concept of operations (CONOP), and to hear each other 's perspectives on counterterrorism (CT). (S//SI) Overall, the conference was a resounding success, with all nations contributing to the discussions, providing individual national briefings on CT efforts, and expressing a commitment to support the SSPac initiative. (S//SI) The Principals agreed to the: Establishment of a formal Principals Board, chaired by DIRNSA.The Principals will provide overall requirements,direction,and resource allocation for SSPac initiatives; Establishment of an Executive Board (EB), which will be responsible for execution of the initiatives/requirements defined by the Principals, and reporting status and results; Endorsement of the CONOP, which was drafted by NSA and provided to the other nations six weeks before the conference in order to solicit feedback and comment. A revised CONOP, defining the multinational SIGINT sharing level agreement, the board charters, intelligence exchange, and topics of interest, has been drafted and will undergo a final membership review shortly; Endorsement of an intelligence exchange on CT. The initial focus for SSPac will be to share intelligence on CT, with the understanding that CT encompasses a broad definition (e.g. banking information, follow-the-people, etc.). Additional topics such as counterproliferation will be considered at a later date. (S//SI) NSA has established a communications path to each of the SSPac members and is actively sharing CT product with each of the SSPac members. (S//SI) SSPac will provide a forum for the informal exchange of information and ideas to meet mutual intelligence requirements in time of peace, risk, crisis, conflict, and war. The initial focus on CT is intended to provide warning of imminent terrorist threats to member nations, maximize the opportunity to exchange SIGINT-derived or SIGINT-enabled information on terrorist groups and their plans in order to prevent attacks or threatening situations, and provide a mechanism for getting actionable SIGINT derived information into the hands of entities that are in a position to take action upon it. "(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


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