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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.

Gerald Hale

2016 Hall of Honor Inductee

Gerald Hale joined NSA in 1962. Over a 35-year career, his visionary leadership was critical to the Agency's transformation from a predominantly strategic support organization to one proficient in real-time intelligence support to the war fighter. His legacy within the Intelligence Community can still be seen in today's operations.

At NSA, Mr. Hale created the first all-source database of its kind to process and disseminate data to customers worldwide. It is still in use more than a quarter century after its creation. During crisis situations in the 1980s, he established an innovative approach to arranging international support. Many of the arrangements that resulted from this approach are still in use today.

Mr. Hale was also a superb mentor. He directly influenced the career development of scores of civilian leaders and military officers, many of whom later assumed key positions at NSA/CSS or in the uniformed services.

Mr. Hale was a leader with a unique ability to gain agreement from people and organizations representing substantially different viewpoints and interests. His work during both wartime and peacetime inspired peers and subordinates alike to provide signals intelligence in new ways to support U.S. policy and the war fighter.