National Security Agency NSA Nation Security Operations Center NSOC Challenge Coin
1 3/4 inch Challenge Coin
This coin is approximately 1 3/4 inches in diameter. The pictures of the NSOC are for reference only, and not FOR SALE. Please READ excerpt from FOIA Case #14835 on this subject below.
The National Security Operations Center (NSOC) or Directorate K is the part of the United States National Security Agency responsible for current operations and time-sensitive signals intelligence (SIGINT) reporting for the United States SIGINT System (USSS). It is one of two centers watching; the other being Directorate V or the NTOC which assesses threats.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Case #14835
Approved for Released by National Security Agency, DATE: 05-04-2001
NATIONAL SIGINT OPERATION CENTER (U)
The Sigint System provides our nation the capability to, monitor systematically and reliably the electromagnetic signals and communications of target countries throughout the world. Inherent in the system is the capability to generate and disseminate rapidly time-sensitive critical indications and warning and current intelligence information. Within the national intelligence community, the value and uniqueness of this capability has been demonstrated during virtually every major international crisis in recent years. In addition to such periods of crisis, Sigint contributes immeasurably to current, standing, and longer-term intelligence requirements. This is accomplished as a result of the analysis, reporting, and dissemination of Sigint information to users worldwide under a dynamic an_d responsive system of timesensitive Sigint operations. (8 GOO)
The National Sigint Operations Center (NSOC), the Agency's current operations center, is the focal point for time-sensitive Sigint analysis and reporting at NSA and within the United States Sigint System (USSS). Much more than a "watch center," NSOC is the authoritative center .for dynamic management of time-sensitive Sigint operations. Hence, within the national intelligence community, NSOC represents a unique capability, for it is the only organization of its kind involved in, and responsible for, time-sensitive activities by a total national intelligence system. The evolution of NSOC and its operations represents a significant chapter in the growth of the U.S. Sigint System; this article traces the development of NSOC and describes its mission, functions, organization, operations, support systems, and relationships with other similar centers.