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 Please click on the various decades to find important historical documents, audio files, and photographs from World War II and the beginnings of NSA through the 2000s.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

 19840329_1980_DOC_3978833_NSACSS.PDFDirectives 10-27, Security Requirements for ADP Systems dated 30 November 1979, 10 Jun 1983, and 29 March 1984
 20000918_2000_DOC_3139207_DIRGRAM122.PDFDIRgram-122: "Trailblazer Acquisition Strategy" - 18 September 2000
 20000222_2000_DOC_2828030_DIRGRAM57.PDFDIRgram-57: "100 Days of Change" - 22 February 2000
 19500706_PRENSA_DOC_3986587_AFSASERVICESDIVISION.PDFDivision of Responsibilities Between AFSA and the Services - 6 July 1950
 19501124_PRENSA_DOC_3984056_DIVISION.PDFDivision of Responsibility Between AFSA and Military Services - 24 November 1950
 19500601_PRENSA_DOC_3985806_DIVISION.PDFDivision of Responsibility Between AFSA and the Services - 1 June 1950
 19590825_DOC_3982329_DODDIRECTIVE5100.23.PDFDoD Directive 5100.23 - 25 August 1959
 19640427_1960_DOC_3178942_DOD.PDFDoD Directive Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center - 27 April 1964
 19670207_DOC_3985053_DODDIRECTIVES3115.2.PDFDoD Directive S-3115.2 - 7 February 1967
 19550713_DOC_3985335_DODDIRS3115.2.PDFDoD Directive S3115.2 ELINT - 13 July 1955
 19590319_DOC_3985841_DODDIRECTIVE.PDFDoD Directive S-3115.4 COMINT - 19 March 1959
 19590319_1950_DOC_3978848_DODDIRECTIVE.PDFDoD Directive S-5100.19 Implementation of NSCID No. 7 - 19 March 1959
 19590319_1950_DOC_3978853_DODDIRECTIVE.PDFDoD Directive S-5100.20 National Security Agency - 19 March 1959
 19761014_1970_DOC_3985881_DRAFT.PDFDraft DoD Directive Special Warnings to Mariners - 14 October 1976
 19761115_1970_DOC_3986726_DRAFT.PDFDraft DoD Directive Special Warnings to Mariners - 15 November 1976
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