July 6, 2021
The Making of a Military Linguist: Col. Alva Lasswell, USMC
FORT MEADE, Md. —
Language analysts have always been an important part of intelligence work. After World War I, as the U.S. Navy saw an ever-increasing threat from the Empire of Japan, the leadership decided to set up a language program to train naval personnel as skilled language analysts. However, one of the participants, NSA Hall of Honor member Col Alva Lasswell, may never have studied the Japanese language if not for a serendipitous meeting.