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The National Security Agency (NSA) is a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense, under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence. The NSA is responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, specializing in a discipline known as signals intelligence (SIGINT). The NSA is also tasked with the protection of U.S. communications networks and information systems. The NSA relies on a variety of measures to accomplish its mission, the majority of which are clandestine.
  • Formation 

  • The Black Chamber 

  • World War II and its aftermath 

  • Vietnam War 

  • Church Committee hearings 

  • From 1980s to 1990s 

  • War on Terror 

  • Global surveillance disclosures 

  • Mission 

  • Operations 

  • Echelon 

  • Other SIGINT operations overseas 

  • Boundless Informant 

  • Bypassing encryption 

  • Software backdoors 

  • Boomerang routing 

  • Hardware implanting 

  • Domestic collection 

  • President's Surveillance Program 

  • The PRISM program 

  • Hacking operations 

  • Organizational structure 

  • Directorates 

  • NSANet 

  • Watch centers 

  • Employees 

  • Personnel security 

  • Polygraphing 

  • Arbitrary firing 

  • History of headquarters 

  • Power consumption 

  • Computing assets 

  • National Computer Security Center 

  • Other U.S. facilities 

  • International stations 

  • Thailand 

  • Research and development 

  • Data Encryption Standard 

  • NSA encryption systems 

  • SHA 

  • Clipper chip 

  • Dual EC DRBG random number generator cryptotrojan 

  • Perfect Citizen 

  • Academic research 

  • Patents 

  • Insignia and memorials 

  • Warrantless wiretaps 

  • AT&T Internet monitoring 

  • Data mining 

  • Illegally obtained evidence 

  • Barack Obama administration 

  • Section 215 metadata collection 

  • Fourth Amendment encroachment 

  • Congressional oversight 

  • Official responses 

  • Responsibility for international ransomware attack 

  • 2015 Michelle Obama email hack 

  • 2021 Denmark-NSA collaborative surveillance scandal