By Jared Chausow
By Katie Toth
By Elizabeth Flock
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Jon Campbell
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
As NSA outstations were closed or remoted, new and relatively smaller intercept facilities such as the "gateway" facility in Bahrain, reportedly used for retransmit signals intercepted in Baghdad last year to the U.S. sprang up around the world. In addition to providing NSA operators with fresh and exotic duty stations, the new stations reflected an enhanced mission for NSA economic intelligence gathering. Scrapping its old Cold War A and B Group SIGINT organization, NSA expanded the functions of its W Group to include SIGINT operations against a multitude of targets. Another unit, M Group, would handle intercepts from new technologies like the Internet.
Many people who follow the exploits of SIGINT and NSA are eager to peruse lists of secret listening posts operated by the agency and its partners around the world. While a master list probably exists somewhere in the impenetrable lair that is the NSA's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, it is assuredly stamped with one of the highest security classifications in the U.S. intelligence community. W.M. & J.V.
The United States SIGINT System (USSS)
The following list is the best unclassified shot at describing the locations of the ground-based "ears" of the Puzzle Palace. It is culled from press accounts, informed experts, and books written about the NSA and its intelligence partners. It does not include the numerous listening units on naval vessels and aircraft nor those operating from U.S. and foreign embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions.
NSA Headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland Buckley Air National Guard Ground Base, Colorado Fort Gordon, Georgia (RSOC) Imperial Beach, California Kunia, Hawaii (RSOC) Northwest, Virginia Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico San Antonio, Texas (RSOC) Shemya, Alaska -3 Sugar Grove, West Virginia Winter Harbor, Maine Yakima, Washington
Durrës -6 Shkodër -6 Tirana -6
Two Boats -1
Bamaga -6 -7 Cabarlah -7 Canberra (Defense Signals Directorate Headquarters) -5 Harman -7 Kojarena, Geraldton -1 Nurunggar -1 Pearce -1 Pine Gap, Alice Springs -1 Riverina -7 Shoal Bay, Darwin -1 Watsonia -1
Konigswarte -7 Neulengbach -7
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Al-Muharraq Airport -3
Mapharangwane Air Base
British Indian Ocean Territory
Diego Garcia -1
Bandar Seri Begawan -7
Alert -7 Gander -7 Leitrim -1 Masset -6 -7 Ottawa [Communications Security Establishment (CSE) Headquarters] -5
Korla -1 -6 Qitai -1 -6
Brac Island, Croatia -6 Zagreb-Lucko Airport -7
Ayios Nikolaos -1
Aflandshage -7 Almindingen, Bornholm -7 Dueodde, Bornholm -7 Gedser -7 Hjørring -7 Løgumkløster -7
Dahlak Island -1 (NSA/Israel "8200" site)
Addis Ababa -1
Kourou -7 (German Federal Intelligence Service station)
Achern -7 Ahrweiler -7 Bad Aibling -2 Bad Münstereifel -7 Braunschweig -7 Darmstadt -7 Frankfurt -7 Hof -7 Husum -7 Mainz -7 Monschau -7 Pullach (German Federal Intelligence Service Headquarters) -5 Rheinhausen -7 Stockdorf -7 Strassburg -7 Vogelweh, Germany
British Consulate, Victoria ("The Alamo") -7
Herzliyya (Unit 8200 Headquarters) -5 Mitzpah Ramon -7 Mount Hermon, Golan Heights -7 Mount Meiron, Golan Heights -7
San Vito -6 Sorico
Futenma, Okinawa Hanza, Okinawa Higashi Chitose -7 Higashi Nemuro -7 Kofunato -7 Miho -7 Misawa Nemuro -7 Ohi -7 Rebunto -7 Shiraho -7 Tachiarai -7 Wakkanai
Kanghwa-do Island -7 Osan -1 Pyong-dong Island -7 P'yongt'aek -1 Taegu -1 -2 -6 Tongduchon -1 Uijongbu -1 Yongsan -1
Amsterdam (Technical Intelligence Analysis Center (TIVC) Headquarters)-5 Emnes -7 Terschelling -7
Tangimoana -7 Waihopai -1 Wellington (Government Communications Security Bureau Headquarters -5
Borhaug -7 Fauske/Vetan -7 Jessheim -7 Kirkenes -1 Randaberg -7 Skage/Namdalen -7 Vadsø -7 Vardø -7 Viksjofellet -7
Abut -1 Goat Island, Musandam Peninsula -3 Khasab, Musandam Peninsula -3 Masirah Island -3
Galeta Island -3
Papua New Guinea
Port Moresby -7
Terceira Island, Azores
São Tomé and Príncipe
Araz -7 Khafji -7
Pico de las Nieves, Grand Canary Island -7 Manzanares -7 Playa de Pals -3 Rota
Karlskrona -7 Lovön (Swedish FRA Headquarters) -7 Muskö -7
Merishausen -7 Rüthi -7
Quemoy -7 Matsu -7 Shu Lin Kuo -5 (German Federal Intelligence Service/NSA/Taiwan J-3 SIGINT service site)
Adana Agri -7 Antalya -7 Diyarbakir Edirne -7 Istanbul -7 Izmir -7 Kars Sinop -7
Aranyaprathet -7 Khon Kaen -1 -3 Surin -7 Trat -7
Kabale Galangala Island, Ssese Islands (Lake Victoria)
United Arab Emirates
Az-Zarqa¯ -3 Dalma¯ -3 Ras al-Khaimah -3 Sir Abu Nuayr Island -3
Belfast (Victoria Square) -7 Brora, Scotland -7 Cheltenham (Government Communications Headquarters) -5 Chicksands -7 Culm Head -7 Digby -7 Hawklaw, Scotland -7 Irton Moor -7 Menwith Hill, Harrogate -1 (RSOC) Molesworth -1 Morwenstow -1 Westminster, London -7 (Palmer Street) Yemen Socotra Island (planned)
-1 Joint facility operated with a SIGINT partner.
-2 Joint facility partially operated with a SIGINT partner.
-3 Contractor-operated facility.
-4 Remoted facility.
-5 NSA liaison is present.
-6 Joint NSA-CIA site.
-7 Foreign-operated "accommodation site" that provides occasional SIGINT product to the USSS.