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NSA21: NSA in the 21st Century

NSA21 logo and tagline that reads 'NSA21: NSA in the 21st Century'

Why NSA21?

NSA has been in the trenches of national security – literally and figuratively – for more than 60 years. Building upon our rich heritage and to ensure the same or better mission success in the future, NSA has launched a comprehensive campaign – NSA21 (NSA in the 21st Century) – to remain the world's preeminent foreign signals intelligence and information assurance organization in the next decade and beyond. To achieve our objectives, we are focusing on three key imperatives: People, Integration, Innovation.

NSA21 will position the Agency to meet tomorrow's challenges by staying ahead of threats while effectively leveraging our current missions – thwarting terrorists, protecting the warfighter, enhancing cybersecurity, protecting national security systems and strategic weapons – which are all critical elements in keeping our Nation safe.


Remarkable PEOPLE with remarkable skills form the heart of the National Security Agency. To continue being an adaptive, forward-leaning organization it is essential that we invest in growing our people. This means we are enhancing training opportunities, simplifying our personnel processes, and increasing our investment in leadership, technical career opportunities and growth.


To stay ahead of our foreign adversaries, we are leveraging INTEGRATION to proactively adjust and improve our defenses to protect the United States. We are investing our energy into engaging with unity across our Enterprise, the Intelligence Community (IC), our partners, stakeholders and the public.


To continue confronting increasingly complex challenges with determination and creativity, we are investing in a culture where INNOVATION is key to mission success. We will innovate on a larger scale in our operations and capabilities as well as in our business operations. We will empower and develop our workforce to leverage the necessary resources to rapidly instill this culture across the Enterprise.

New Mission Model

NSA 21 Org Chart; Title: The New Design: Simple. Functional. Effective. Top Tier: Director, Deputy Director, and Executive Director are in a block; Watch/Operations Floor splits off to the left; 2nd Tier: Chief of Staff and Special Assistants each have their own blocks; 3rd Tier: Workforce & Support Activities, Business Management & Acquisition, Engagement & Policy, Operations, Capabilities, and Research each have their own blocks; 4th Tier: Extended Enterprise, which contains NSA Colorado, NSA Georgia, NSA Hawaii, and NSA Texas