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Department of Defense

DIRECTIVE

NUMBER 8520.1

December 20, 2001

ASD(C3I)

SUBJECT:   Protection of Sensitive Compartmented Information
(SCI)

References:  (a)  Section 403-5(a) of title 50, United
States Code, "National Security"

(b)  Executive Order 12333, "United States Intelligence
Activities," December 4, 1981

(c)  DoD 5200.2-R, "DoD Personnel Security Program Regulation,"
January 1987

1.  PURPOSE

This Directive implements reference (a) to establish
policy and assign responsibilities regarding the protection,
use, and dissemination of Sensitive Compartmented Information
(SCI) within the Department of Defense.

2.  APPLICABILITY AND SCOPE

This Directive applies to the Office of the Secretary
of Defense, the Military Departments, the Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combatant Commands, the
Office of the Inspector General of the Department of
Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities,
and all other organizational entities within the Department
of Defense (hereafter referred to collectively as "the
DoD Components").

3.  DEFINITIONS

3.1.  Intelligence Community and Agencies Within the
Intelligence Community.   Consistent with Section 3
of reference (a) and Section 3.4(f)(1 through 6) of
Executive Order 12333 (reference (b)) the Intelligence
Community and agencies within the Intelligence Community
refer to the following agencies or organizations:
the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National
Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Intelligence Agency
(DIA), the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the
National Reconnaissance Office, the offices within the
Department of Defense for the collection of specialized
national foreign intelligence through reconnaissance
programs, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of
the Department of State, the intelligence elements of
the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps,
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department
of the Treasury, and the Department of Energy.

3.2.  Senior Officials of the Intelligence Community
(SOICs).   Consistent with Section 1.7 of Executive
Order 12333 (reference (b)), Senior Officials of the
Intelligence Community are the heads of departments
and agencies with organizations in the Intelligence
Community or the heads of such organizations, as specified
in DCI Directives.

3.3.  Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).   Classified
information concerning or derived from intelligence
sources, methods, or analytical processes, that is required
to be handled within formal access control systems established
by the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI).

3.4.  Senior Intelligence Officer (SIO).   The highest
ranking military or civilian charged with direct foreign
intelligence missions, functions, or responsibilities
within a department, agency, component, or element of
an Intelligence Community organization.

4.  POLICY

It is DoD policy that:

4.1.  SCI shall be safeguarded in accordance with policies
and procedures established by the DCI.   Nothing in
this Directive is intended to diminish the authority
and responsibility of the DCI over SCI or individual
SOICs.

4.2.  All DoD Components with responsibility for protecting
SCI will establish and foster partnerships with elements
of the DoD SCI community, the DCI, industry, and professional
associations to gain insight to establishing common
security practices and reciprocity wherever practicable.

5.  RESPONSIBILITIES

5.1.  The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command,
Control, Communications, and Intelligence shall:

5.1.1.  Serve as the senior DoD official responsible
for oversight of implementation of SCI security policies
and procedures within the Department of Defense.

5.1.2.  Represent the Secretary of Defense in coordination
of SCI security policies and procedures established
by the DCI.

5.2.  The Director, National Security Agency, Director,
National Reconnaissance Office, and Director, National
Imagery and Mapping Agency shall establish, direct,
and administer all aspects of their respective organization's
SCI security programs to include all necessary coordination
and implementation of DCI security policy.

5.3.  The Director, Defense Intelligence Agency shall:

5.3.1.  Administer within the Department of Defense,
with the exception of NSA and NRO, SCI security policies
and procedures issued by the DCI.   As a minimum, this
includes responsibility for:

5.3.1.1.  Ensuring that SCI security policies and procedures
issued by the DCI, and all DCI-issued changes or modifications
thereto, are disseminated within the Department of Defense
in a timely and efficient manner.

5.3.1.2.  Inspecting and accrediting DoD and DoD contractor
facilities for the handling, processing, storage and
discussion of SCI.

5.3.1.3.  Inspecting DoD and DoD contractor-accredited
SCI facilities on a recurrent basis to determine continued
compliance with established SCI security policies and
procedures and issuance of reports detailing any deficiencies
noted and corrective action required.

5.3.1.4.  Preparing and submitting such reports as may
be required by the DCI and/or the Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and
Intelligence (ASD(C3I)) regarding the status of implementation
of SCI security policies and procedures within the Department
of Defense.

5.3.1.5.  Adjudicating eligibility for access to SCI
for all civilian personnel assigned to DIA, the Office
of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Defense
Agencies and the DoD Field Activities, including contractors
and consultants, and military personnel assigned to
DIA, in accordance with DoD 5200.2-R (reference (c)).

5.3.1.6.  Monitoring SCI personnel security practice
to include leading program reviews and conducting inspections
of adjudication facilities to ensure standardization
of SCI personnel security practices.

5.3.1.7.  Monitoring the establishment and maintenance
of SCI security awareness and education programs within
the DoD Components.

5.3.1.8.  Developing and coordinating within the Department
of Defense recommendations with respect to current or
proposed DCI SCI security policy and procedures.

5.3.1.9.  Establishing Memoranda of Agreement for joint
DoD use of CIA, NSA, and NRO SCI-accredited contractor
facilities by the DoD Components and their subordinate
elements.

5.3.1.10.  Operating SCI security programs to support
other DoD activities and Federal Agencies by special
agreement, as required.

5.4.  The Head of each DoD Component that does not have
a Senior Official of the Intelligence Community (SOIC)
shall designate at appropriate levels, Senior Intelligence
Officers who shall be responsible for the effective
implementation of SCI security policies and security
awareness and education programs within the Component.

5.5.  DoD Senior Officials of the Intelligence Community
and Senior Intelligence Officials Designated Under paragraph
5.4., above, shall:

5.5.1.  Protect intelligence and intelligence sources
and methods from unauthorized disclosure and administer
SCI security programs within their respective organizations,
consistent with guidance established by the DCI.

5.5.2.  Be responsible for ensuring that adequate funding
and other resources are available for effective implementation
of SCI security policies and procedures and associated
security awareness and education programs within the
Component.

6.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This Directive is effective immediately.