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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.

Captain Howard Ehret

2014 Hall of Honor Inductee

Captain Howard C. Ehret was a modern pioneer in the U.S. Navy, who made naval cryptologic capabilities an indispensable part of naval operations during the late 20th century.

Captain Ehret played a key role in developing and extending to sea an innovative way for the U.S. Navy to collect vital intelligence about Soviet naval operations during the Cold War. This breakthrough significantly reduced the Soviet navy threat to U.S. naval forces.

He also ensured Navy cryptologists realized that information demands are greatest at the land-sea interface. His pioneering efforts in this realm underpin the Navy's ability to operate across this interface today in support of ground component commanders and special operations forces.

Captain Ehret authored Technical Standards of Readiness (TSORs) to establish job requirements, curriculum standards, and on-the-job performance criteria in the Navy's cryptologic force. He guided the morphing of TSORs into Navy-wide Performance Qualification Standards, which led to formal training curriculum development. His work with the Navy training community helped incorporate current and timely fleet input into cryptologic training.

Captain Ehret was "Naval Cryptology's Rickover." He developed and implemented new cryptologic technology at sea and made it as inseparable to naval operations as nuclear power. He drove integration of technology and supported it with dynamic training, tactics and procedures, realistic exercises, and readiness measurement. He combined his technological and managerial gifts to change the culture, ethos, and operational impact of Naval Cryptology.