At NSA we recognize the importance of not only focusing on the tasks ahead but of taking a step back to examine, understand and appreciate our rich cryptologic heritage.
Through the Center for Cryptologic History, the National Cryptologic Museum, and the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Memorial, we are able to share with the public-at-large some of the significant contributions cryptologists have made in defense of our nation. People at home and around the world can learn about the key role that NSA's missions have played in world events. From the outstanding cryptanalysis of the VENONA project, which identified numerous Soviet agents in the United States; to the way sophisticated direction finding helped track Soviet intentions when the Cuban Missile Crisis threatened nuclear war; to breakthrough achievements in the development of the computer and the amazing advancements of secure communications capabilities, codemakers and codebreakers were there.
The NSA Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) keeps history alive by enhancing the knowledge and decision-making abilities of the Intelligence Community (IC). A critical asset, the center provides a historical and objective account of cryptologic history for the IC, the Department of Defense, other government agencies, academia, and the general public.
NSA believes learning from the past can help improve future decision making. In partnership with our National Cryptologic School, we offer numerous learning opportunities for intelligence professionals. These include a variety of history courses, seminars, illustrated lectures, and case studies. Our many publications, classified and unclassified, document the past and enable today's cryptologic professionals to benefit from a historical perspective as they tackle increasingly challenging missions.
NSA's Center for Cryptologic History staff of professional historians publishes a calendar of special programs and events annually that explores the impact of history on current issues and operations. Each year, the Schorreck Memorial Lecture brings a distinguished intelligence historian to NSA for a public presentation. Every two years, we sponsor the Symposium on Cryptologic History. Our Scholar-in-Residence Program brings an outstanding academic historian to NSA for a year of research.