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 Please click on the various decades to find important historical documents, audio files, and photographs from World War II and the beginnings of NSA through the 2000s.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

 19520124_PRENSA_DOC_3985186_MEMORANDUM.PDFMemorandum for GEN Canine Regarding AFSAC - 24 January 1952
 19420709_PRENSA_DOC_3984082_MEMOFORGENERAL.PDFMemorandum for GEN Marshall from President FDR - 9 July 1942
 19451108_PRENSA_DOC_3983912_MEMORANDUM.PDFMemorandum for GEN Marshall Regarding SIGINT - 8 November 1945
 19450822_PRENSA_DOC_3978329_SIGNALINTELLIGENCE.PDFMemorandum for General Marshall and Admiral King: Signal Intelligence - 22 August 1945F
 19450907_PRENSA_DOC_3982328_MEMORANDUM.PDFMemorandum for Members of ANCICC - 7 September 1945
 19470422_PRENSA_DOC_3982327_MEMORANDUM.PDFMemorandum for Members of USCIB - 22 April 1947
 19521202_1950_DOC_3986609_MEMO.PDFMemorandum for Secretary of Defense Regarding NCSID No. 9 - 2 December 1952
 19450824_PRENSA_DOC_3982334_MEMOFORSEC.PDFMemorandum for Secretary of Navy Regarding COMINT - 24 August 1945
 19990802_1990_DOC_3981124_Y2KPREPS.PDFMemorandum for the Chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence, Subject: Year 2000 Preparations - 02 August 1999
 19651214_1960_DOC_3978424_MEMORANDUM.PDFMemorandum for the Director - 14 December 1965
 19540812_1950_DOC_3978567_MEMO.PDFMemorandum for the Secretary of Defense Regarding Interim Operations at Fort Meade - 12 August 1954
 19460118_PRENSA_DOC_3983901_MEMORANDUM.PDFMemorandum from Navy Department Regarding SIGINT - 18 January 1946
 19540329_1950_DOC_3978560_MEMO.PDFMemorandum from Personnel Relocation Task Unit - 29 March 1954
 19580305_1950_DOC_3978855_MEMO.PDFMemorandum from Samford to Erskine - 5 March 1958
 19460118PRENSA_DOC_3983904_MEMORANDUM.PDFMemorandum from U.S. Fleet Regarding SIGINT - 18 September 1946
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