We are grateful for the remarkable people who form the heart of the National Security Agency.
As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the many dedicated men and women who will continue to work, protecting our warfighters around the world. We must constantly outthink and defeat our adversaries.
In 2013, for example, NSA played a key role in dismantling a Taliban network that made improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in southern Afghanistan. This network was responsible for an IED/suicide attack that killed nine U.S. soldiers in October of that year. NSA personnel deftly analyzed data that led to the identification and successful targeting of several network leaders. A Taliban commander, sub-commander, and an IED expert in southern Afghanistan - all of whom were confirmed to have had a direct role in conducting IED attacks against U.S. soldiers - were taken off the battlefield.
NSA's workforce makes a real difference.
We never forget that our nation, allies, and fellow Americans are depending on us to help keep them safe.