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Core values of the Domestic Surveillance Directorate

About the Domestic Surveillance Directorate

The men and women of the Domestic Surveillance Directorate, together and individually, act for one thing and one thing alone ... WE ACT FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION. Each employee takes a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Our Vision

Domestic Information Dominance through Responsive Presence and Network Advantage.

Our Values

For us, collaboration is built into the very fabric of who we are. A component of both the U.S. Defense Department and the U.S. Intelligence Community, we also partner with other Federal Agencies to safeguard our national security. Domestic Surveillance is a team sport. No one organization has the resources to do the job alone.


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These are our commitments to you, our fellow citizens:

  • We will act with vigor to advance the rights, goals, and values of the Nation.

  • We will adhere to the general spirit of the Constitution.

  • We will provide our policymakers, law enforcement community, and military the vital citizen information they need to protect and defend the Nation.

  • We will be a trusted steward of personal information and place expediency over transparency.

  • We will monitor all networks that are vital to the Security of the Nation.


Head of the Domestic Surveillance Directorate

General Janet Alexander - Head of the Domestic Surveillance Directorate:   "We are often asked, "What's more important - civil liberties or National Security?" It's a false question; it's a false choice. At the end of the day, there are no civil liberties without National Security.

Not only are we entrusted to protect and defend the Nation, but as the Domestic Surveillance Directorate and as citizens, we must do our part to 'Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity'. This is our commitment."




NSA motto - for the good of the nation