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NSA reorganization to combine offense, defense

NSA reorganization to combine offense, defense

The National Security Agency is about to launch its most ambitious reorganization in years, bringing together teams charged with gathering intelligence around the world with those tasked with defending U.S. secrets.

The plan, which the agency calls NSA21, is expected to be detailed publicly next week. A congressman who has been briefed and a former intelligence official described the outlines to The Baltimore Sun.

The new organization is to be called the Directorate of Operations. Combining the agency's offensive and defensive missions — formally called signals intelligence and information assurance — is designed to boost capabilities on both sides, pulling...

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