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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.

Milton Zaslow

2007 Hall of Honor Inductee

After graduating from the College of the City of New York in 1942, Milton Zaslow took Japanese language courses at New York University. As a combat intelligence officer, he provided direct support during landings on Tinian and Okinawa.

At the end of the war, Zaslow joined the Army Security Agency as a civilian linguist, where he added Chinese to his language abilities.

During the Korean War, he was one of three language analysts who discovered the usefulness of overlooked communications and developed firm evidence from Communist message traffic that the Chinese military was poised to intervene in the war.

In the early 1950s, Zaslow rose quickly through the supervisory chain. From 1961 to 1963, he was deputy chief, then chief of operations in Japan. In 1968 he became chief of the organization responsible for tracking developments in Vietnam, and he held this post through most of the rest of the war. In each of these supervisory positions in production, he was known for imaginative thinking in developing intelligence to support U.S. operations.

In 1969 Admiral Noel Gayler named him the first NSA Representative to the Department of Defense. His strong interactions with the national command authority brought NSA a great deal of respect for its role in direct support.

Zaslow held several other important posts in production, and also served as the NSA Representative in the United Kingdom from 1975 to 1978. He was Deputy Director for Telecommunications and Computer Services until his retirement in 1979.

Throughout his career as an analyst and senior manager, Milton Zaslow was respected as an innovative thinker who could be counted on to solve difficult problems and find new ways to complete whatever tasks he was given.