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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.

Brigadier General Bernard Ardisana, USAF

2006 Hall of Honor Inductee

Brigadier General Bernard Ardisana served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, then received his degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, where he became chief of the Communications Intelligence Analysis Section 4 at the 6901st Special Communications Group, Zweibrucken, Germany, 1958 to 1961. As chief, he was instrumental in designing the Operations Communications (OPSCOMM) system and his section developed analytic techniques that allowed accurate prediction of an important activity by a major U.S. adversary.

In 1976, Brig Gen Ardisana became the first U.S. Air Force Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) officer to attain general officer rank. He went on to command the USAF Security Service's 6924th Security Squadron during the Vietnam War, and from 1976 to 1977, he served as the Vice Commander of the USAF Security Service.

Throughout his many years of military service, Brig Gen Ardisana was the on-scene cryptologic communications expert who developed or implemented fundamentally important changes to USAF cryptologic operations and procedures. His work on the OPSCOMM system remained the basic configuration for nearly 25 years at U.S. SIGINT sites. His pioneering work in the development of rapid communications was a key concept that was used in the development of the Critical Intelligence Communication system.

Brig Gen Ardisana passed away in January 1978, while serving as NSA's Assistant Deputy Director for Operations.