A mystery wrapped in an Enigma?
The keys are punched, the rotors turn, the lamps light up, and out of the reshuffled wiring comes a new organization chart and a new set of alphabetical designators for CSE's groups.
Presumably there are good reasons behind CSE's frequent reorganizations, not just an inclination to encipher the organization chart every now and then. But to CSE's oft-shuffled employees the process sometimes must feel like being trapped in an Enigma machine.
By my estimate, CSE has undergone major reorganizations at least nine times in its short post-war existence, on average at least once every six years. It reorganized three times in the five years between 1995 and 2000. Throw in the 1998 transformation of the Supplementary Radio System into the Canadian Forces Information Operations Group, and for a while there the CSE staff must have needed a Bombe just to figure out who was who.
The most recent reorganization that I am aware of took place on 5 September 2000, when the organization shown below was established. I'd be surprised if there hasn't been at least one other reorganization since.
Organization Chart as of September 2000
|Chief CSE||SIGINT||Deputy Chief SIGINT||Dir E Group |
Mission Applications/Systems Development
|Dir G Group |
|Dir K Group |
|Dir J Group |
|Dir L Group |
Client and Mission Operations
|Critical Infrastructure Protection|
|INFOSEC||Deputy Chief |
Information Technology Security
|Dir I Group |
ITS Information Protection
|Dir T Group |
|Dir S Group |
ITS Strategic Services
|ADMIN||Director- General Corporate Services||Counselling and Advisory Program|
|Dir Review Services|
|Dir R Group |
Policy, Plans & Financial Management
|Dir F Group |
|Dir U Group |
Human Resources Management
|Dir Z Group |
Information Management/Information Technology
|Chief Information Officer|
|Dir Legal Services|
|Canadian Special Liaison Officer/Washington (CANSLO/W)|
|Canadian Special Liaison Officer/London (CANSLO/L)|
Source: Public Service Staff Relations Board files 172-13-1990 (2001) and 125-13-96 (2001)