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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.

Charles R. (Dick) Lord

2015 Hall of Honor Inductee

During his exceptional career at the National Security Agency, Charles R. Lord distinguished himself by a rare combination of strategic and hands-on leadership. Mr. Lord provided guidance to NSA's Operations Directorate at the height of the Cold War, and at the same time, led development of a sophisticated strategy that served to position NSA/CSS for many of challenges in the 21st Century.

In his initial assignments at NSA in the 1960s, Mr. Lord earned a reputation as an area expert for a major intelligence target. In November 1969, he was appointed chief of A Group's Current SIGINT Operations Center, where he was responsible for assuring continuous collection and timely reporting on a key target.

Mr. Lord was responsible for significant structural improvements to NSA's mission. Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Operations, he led the task force that recommended establishment of a cryptologic operations center in the early 1970s. The organization and procedures of the Current SIGINT Operations Center served as the model for the National SIGINT Operations Center (NSOC); the structure Dick Lord recommended for NSOC is still in place.

In 1978, Mr. Lord was appointed as Chief, Headquarters National Security Agency/Central Security Service Europe. There, he was instrumental in redirecting and reorganizing operations to provide more effective and timely SIGINT support to both U.S. and NATO commands by initiating a series of programs to consolidate and integrate many diverse efforts within the European SIGINT community.

In 1982, Mr. Lord was promoted to Deputy Director for Operations. In this position and, subsequently, as NSA's Deputy Director, Dick Lord was instrumental in pushing technical capabilities in a world of changing technology, and strengthened foreign partnerships. These were important contributions to continued NSA successes in the late Cold War.

Charles R. Lord developed or improved much of NSA's operations during the Cold War, and helped shape the successful policies and practices that enabled cryptologic success in this crisis period.