Soviet signals intelligence (SIGINT)

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Desmond Ball

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Policy paper

Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No. 47

The Soviet Union maintains the most extensive and most comprehensive signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities in the world. This monograph describes the overall scale of the Soviet SIGINT effort; the organisational structure of the Soviet SIGINT activity; the principle platforms, systems and capabilities; and the targets of the Soviet effort. Emphasis is given to recent developments. The monograph concludes that the Soviet SIGING effort is increasing in terms of both resources and capability, and that there should be greater public awareness of the extent of the Soviet SIGINT threat.

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