Matthew Aid – The CIA sigint programme and its relations with the NSA

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Event Date: 29 April – 1 May 2011
East Midlands Conference Centre
University of Nottingham  
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RJ



Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory


Dr Matthew Aid (National Security Archive) – The CIA sigint programme and its relations with the NSA

Even before the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was created in 1947, it has had a contentious, and oftentimes acrimonious relationship with those U.S. military intelligence organizations that were engaged in the collection and processing of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). Using newly declassified documents, this paper traces the CIA’s SIGINT collection efforts since 1947, which sometimes brought it into conflict with the National Security Agency (NSA), which since its creation in 1952 has been the U.S. intelligence community’s principal SIGINT collection and analytic organization.

Matthew M. Aid is a native of New York City and the author of The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency (NY: Bloomsbury Press, 2009), and a forthcoming history of the U.S. intelligence community during the Obama administration, due to be published in early 2012. He is also the co-editor with Dr. Cees Wiebes of Secrets of Signals Intelligence During the Cold War and Beyond (London: Frank Cass, 2001), and the author of a number of published chapters and articles on intelligence and security matters, focusing primarily on issues relating to the National Security agency and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT).

Contact details: National Security Archive, Suite 701, Gelman Library, The George Washington University, 2130 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20037, USA.

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