I was listening to an agent of America's Central Intelligence Agency discuss their operations in Afghanistan in the 1980s and she mentioned subdivisions of their "intelligence community" by the abbreviations NE and SAD.

SAD is Special Activities Division. What is NE?

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    Closest I can find is this; it's difficult to say if this is what they intended without more context though.
    – user11249
    Sep 8 '17 at 2:38
  • @Carpetsmoker Yes that has to be it. This is all of the context but that makes total sense. I have even heard of that before now that you mention it. You should make that an official answer.
    – Hack-R
    Sep 8 '17 at 2:40
  • I'll leave the answer for someone else who can also provide a paragraph of explanation/context what "NE" is, exactly, and how it relates to SAD. Don't really have time – or interest – to research that right now to be honest :-)
    – user11249
    Sep 8 '17 at 2:45

The division you are looking for is almost certainly the CIA "Near East" Division, as mentioned in this Washington Post article detailing secret operations in Afghanistan by the Special Activities Division (SAD) and the Near East Division. A chart of CIA divisions can be found here.

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    Thank you, Comrade. I know that many Bothans died to bring us this information :)
    – Hack-R
    Sep 8 '17 at 19:52

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