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Our vital research program focuses on four critical goals:
  • We develop the means to dominate the global computing and communications network.
  • We cope with the overload of information in our environment and turn that overload to our strategic advantage.
  • We provide the means for ubiquitous, secure collaboration both within our government and through its interactions with various partners.
  • We create the means for penetrating into the "hard" targets that threaten our nation wherever, whenever, or whomever they may be.

Careers in Research at NSA/CSS

Imagine working with the most sophisticated tools available and over-the-horizon technologies that won't come into commercial mainstream use for many years. NSA/CSS conducts leading-edge research to support the missions. Our work is exciting, intellectually challenging, and essential to the security and welfare of the United States of America.

Since 1952, NSA/CSS has been the world expert on cryptology and electronic communications systems. Today, our work takes us into the worlds of knowledge discovery, advanced mathematics, quantum computing, nanotechnology, networking technologies, and, of course, computer systems security. Some of the world's toughest problems come to NSA/CSS, but we don't do research for the sake of research - we deliver techniques and capabilities that provide timely information to our armed forces and our national leaders.

We seek our nation's best technical talent to join us in solving some of our country's urgent intelligence problems-problems that we're encountering today and problems we expect to encounter in the future. We especially need computer scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Come see what we see. We think you will find a career at NSA to be engaging and challenging.

If you are a student majoring in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biotechnology, and you are a U.S. citizen, you can contribute your talents to tackling the exciting and intellectually challenging problems we face. In addition, we offer special exchange programs for visiting professors and industry experts.

We need you. At the National Security Agency, you will make a difference. Watch a video to learn more about what it's like to work in research at NSA/CSS.

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