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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.

Ann Caracristi

2012 Hall of Honor Inductee

Women in American Cryptology Honoree

Ann Caracristi began her career with the Army's cryptologic organization during World War II. After a brief civilian career immediately following the war, she joined one of NSA's predecessor organizations as a cryptanalyst.

She served as Chief of Research and Operations organizations, primarily with A Group (Soviet issues) where she was chief from 1975 to 1980.

In addition to her management duties, Ms. Caracristi served in various capacities on committees and panels established to provide technical and career support to cryptanalysts. She mentored many of NSA's cryptanalysts. She also chaired a special panel convened by NSA Director Admiral Bobby Ray Inman to identify the next generation of likely NSA senior executives. Many of those identified by the panel went on to become Deputy Director or high-level seniors.

In April 1980, she was named NSA's sixth Deputy Director (D/DIR) and served in that position until August 1982. As D/DIR, she had special responsibilities for recruitment, training, and personnel.

Ms. Caracristi retired from NSA in 1982, but remained active on several panels convened by components of the Intelligence Community. President Clinton named her to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 1993, and she has served as consultant to the NSA Scientific Advisory Board (NSASAB). In addition to her service on government panels, she was president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) from 1989 to 1991.