NSA 60th Anniversary

Established on Nov. 4, 1952, in 2012 the National Security Agency celebrated 60 years of service to the nation.

In issuing the directive that gave birth to the agency, then-President Harry Truman understood the need to continue U.S. efforts that had led to breaking German and Japanese codes in World War II, success against the German U-Boat threat in the North Atlantic, and victory in the Battle of Midway in the Pacific. America had become a dominant power on a global stage, facing global responsibilities and threats. As war raged in Korea, the creation of NSA allowed the Defense Department to consolidate cryptologic support to military operations, and to meet challenges that the nation would face in the Cold War.

Learn more about the Agency's storied history of service to the nation in our 60th Anniversary publication and accompanying interactive timeline: NSA's 60 Years of Defending Our Nation.

NSA 60th Anniversary Book

You can read the NSA 60th Anniversary Book in the following format:

The below interactive NSA Timeline is from 1952 to 2012 and highlights major events in NSA's 60 years of defending the nation. Please click on the various decades to find important historical documents, audio files, and photographs from World War II and the beginnings of NSA through the 2000s. Included are 250 declassified documents, 196 of which are being released for the first time, and over 150 photographs and audio files. Example of what this timeline covers: NSA's first Director, the move to Fort Meade, Congressional hearings, the Suez Crisis, NSA's purchase of its first supercomputer, spies and defections, a ship capture, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Gulf of Tonkin, Soviet challenges, Project GUNMAN and bugs in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, support to Desert Storm, information technology revolution age, expeditionary SIGINT, and COMSEC developments. It then leads into the 1990s and 2000s and covers Afghanistan and Iraq and cyber security. The sources of this unique, historical collection are from the National Security Agency archives as well as all the Presidential Libraries. NSA/CSS 60th Anniversary Timeline

 19750513_1970_DOC_3983389_KCDISCUSS.PDFKC Discuss Location of Captured Americans 02 - 13 May 1975
 19750517_1970_DOC_3983388_KCREPORT.PDFKC Report American Casualties - 17 May 1975
 19730703_1970_DOC_3984510_LETTER.PDFLetter from Tordella to Colby Re Memo for President on Intelligence Community - 03 July 1973
 19750808_1970_DOC_3985854_LEWALLEN.PDFLieutenant General Lew Allen House Testimony - 08 August 1975
 19751029_1970_DOC_3978970_LEWALLEN.PDFLieutenant General Lew Allen Testimony - 29 October 1975
 19420618_PRENSA_DOC_3984120_LIMITATIONOF.PDFLimitation of Cryptanalytical Activities - 18 June 1942
 19420706_PRENSA_DOC_3984158_RELIMITING.PDFLimiting Cryptanalytic Activities to the Army, Navy and FBI - 6 July 1942
 19750515_1970_DOC_3983387_LIST.PDFList of SIGINT Product Reports - 15 May 1975
 19540324_1950_DOC_3993947_MATERIAL.PDFMaterial for PIO - 24 March 1954
 19420909_PRENSA_DOC_3984124_MEETING.PDFMeeting of Standing Committee for Coordination of Cryptanalytical Work - 9 September 1942
 19580430_DOC_3984099_MEETING.PDFMeeting of the Advisory Panel for Classification and Control of Information - 30 April 1958
 19760308_1970_DOC_3986669_FUNCTIONS.PDFMemo for Director Central Intelligence: the Functions of the Intelligence Board - 08 March 1976
 19780401_1970_DOC_3984511_SIGINT.PDFMemo for Director National Security Agency SIGINT Support in Wartime - 01 April 1978
 19780327_1970_DOC_3986729_REVISEDNSDM3.PDFMemo for Secretary of Defense Revised NSDM-3 - 27 March 1978
 19770414_1970_DOC_3978983_PRM11.PDFMemo for the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Subject: PRM-11 Task 3 - 14 April 1977
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