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 Please click on the various decades to find important historical documents, audio files, and photographs from World War II and the beginnings of NSA through the 2000s.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

 19441110_PRENSA_DOC_3983914_ARMY-NAVY.PDFArmy-Navy COMINT Coordinating Committee General Information - 10 November 1944
 19441222_PRENSA_DOC_3983915_ARMY-NAVY.PDFArmy-Navy Communication Intelligence Board - 22 December 1944
 19540519_1950_DOC_3978807_MEMO.PDFArrangements to Provide Administrative Services for NSA - 19 May 1954
 19550706_1950_DOC_3978861_AVAILABILITY.PDFAvailability of Housing at Fort Meade for WACS - 6 July 1955
 19910321_1990_DOC_3604360_BEACHCOMB.PDFBEACHCOMB Program Overview: History, Status, and Directions - 21 March 1991
 19551007_1950_DOC_3978863_BILLETING.PDFBilleting Requirements for NSA Enlisted Women at Fort Meade - 7 October 1955
 19460305_PRENSA_DOC_3678942_BRITISH.PDFBritish-U.S. Communication Intelligence Agreement - 5 March 1946
 19520613_PRENSA_DOC_3201737_BROWNELL.PDFBrownell Committee Report - 13 June 1952
 19530500_1950_DOC_3978858_BUILDING.PDFBuilding Planning Service Proposal - 5 March 1953
 19750513_1970_DOC_3983383_CAMBODIAN.PDFCambodian Chatter - 13 May 1975
 19750513_1970_DOC_3983386_CAMBODIAN.PDFCambodian Chatter Reports - 13 May 1975
 19750515_1970_DOC_3983374_CAMBODIAN.PDFCambodian Communist Discuss Mayaguez Seizure - 15 May 1975
 19750513_1970_DOC_3983379_KCDISCUSS.PDFCambodian Communists Discuss Location of Captured Americans 01 - 13 May 1975
 19750513_1970_DOC_3983378_KCDISCUSS.PDFCambodian Communists Discuss Movement of Captured Americans - 13 May 1975
 19781128_1970_DOC_CARTERLIBRARY_SUMMARY.PDFCarter Library: Summary of Conclusions for November 27 SCC Meeting - 28 November 1978
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