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Cryptologic Hall of Honor

The Cryptologic Hall of Honor was created in 1999 to pay special tribute to the pioneers and heroes who rendered distinguished service to American cryptology.

The standards are high for induction into this great hall. The individuals honored were innovators over their entire careers or made major contributions to the structure and processes of American cryptology. The men and women who have been inducted to the Cryptologic Hall of Honor are all greats in the once silent world of cryptology.

In the early days of America's cryptologic effort, many of the "giants" did both Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance. They made important contributions to both offensive and defensive cryptology. As such, they were among the first inducted into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor. 

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Lester K. Myers, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Lester K. Myers
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Lester K. Myers, former NSA Senior Language Analyst, mentor, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Dr. Whitfield Diffie, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Dr. Whitfield Diffie
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Dr. Whitfield Diffie, computer security pioneer and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Barbara A. McNamara, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Barbara A. McNamara
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Barbara A. McNamara, former NSA Executive Assistant to the Director, former NSA representative to the Department of Defense, former Deputy Director NSA, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Dr. David Kahn, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Dr. David Kahn
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Dr. David Kahn, Journalist, Author, former NSA Scholar-in-Residence, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

George R. Cotter 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
George R. Cotter
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About George R. Cotter, former NSA Chief of Staff, NSA Chief Scientist, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

ADM Bobby R. Inman, USN

2017 Hall of Honor Inductee

Admiral Bobby Inman received his BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950, and was commissioned in the Naval Reserve in 1952. He served in a variety of operational assignments, but primarily held intelligence-related positions, including Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence.

Admiral Inman became Director of NSA in 1977. Over the next four years, he made profound changes in Agency practices and culture. He oversaw major technical improvements to NSA operations, including overhead collection, remote collection, and signals processing.

In the tense period after the Congressional investigations of the mid-1970s, Admiral Inman's contributions were essential to both NSA's and Congressional committees' adjustments to the new direct involvement of the Legislative Branch in NSA operations.

Arguably, his most influential contribution to NSA was in the process changes for developing future leadership. Admiral Inman established a special committee to identify mid-level managers with ability, and set policies on how they were to be prepared for future leadership roles. The methods he used formed the basis for today's leadership development process.

Admiral Inman left NSA in 1981 to become Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired from the Navy and government service in 1982.