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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.

Whitney E. Reed

2018 Hall of Honor Inductee

After an impressive career as linguist and senior manager, Whitney E. Reed was appointed commandant of the National Cryptologic School (NCS) in 1986. At the time, the NCS had a mixed reputation, and he was convinced the school needed a thorough revamping, including the addition of improved technology, to be able to meet mission needs.

The new commandant quickly and substantially increased the number of computers used in instruction and instituted GIGSTER, a distance-learning capability. These efforts not only increased NCS effectiveness at NSA headquarters, but also improved instruction across the enterprise.

To improve the quality of in-house instruction, Mr. Reed created and formalized an innovative adjunct faculty program to bring mission-experienced subject matter experts to the NCS. By recruiting faculty with operational experience, Mr. Reed ensured NCS instruction aligned with NSA mission requirements. To further raise NCS effectiveness, Whitney Reed also set out to boost staff morale. He created special recognition programs for faculty and staff, and planted positive articles about the school in agency-wide media.

Mr. Reed’s influence extended far beyond NSA. He worked with the Defense Language Institute (DLI) to establish better methods to achieve and measure high language proficiency. These measures resulted in better-qualified graduates from DLI, a major source of NSA’s linguists. He also helped develop specialized language training and maintenance for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

Many of his actions seem routine today, but were highly innovative then. Whitney Reed’s leadership in education continues to impact the performance of NSA’s mission in many positive ways. Mr. Reed passed away in 2010.