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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.

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.

Portrait of Minnie McNeal Kenny
Minnie McNeal Kenny
By | Dec. 15, 2020
The NSA career of Minnie McNeal Kenny, Hall of Honor and African American Honoree.

Barbara A. McNamara

2020 Hall of Honor Inductee

Ms. Barbara McNamara demonstrated extraordinary leadership qualities in advancing NSA’s mission, enhancing cooperation with other US agencies, and developing foreign partner relations.  

Ms. McNamara joined NSA in 1963 and served in a wide variety of analytic and managerial positions. After attending the National War College, she became Executive Assistant to the Director, then NSA’s representative to the Department of Defense. She improved NSA/CSS support to the Pentagon by speeding transmission of requirements from DoD and access to NSA databases, greatly reducing the cycle-time of responses to time-sensitive requests.

As NSA’s Executive Director, Ms. McNamara led the Agency Leadership Team through a study focused on personnel practices; this study dramatically improved development of the future analytic work force.

As Deputy Director, NSA’s highest civilian position, Ms. McNamara facilitated discussions between the Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance missions on common issues that did not have common solutions.  She led NSA’s efforts to develop national encryption policy, working with the White House and DoD to develop standards acceptable to US industry while addressing concerns of the security and law enforcement communities.

Ms. Barbara McNamara’s achievements in senior positions have had a lasting impact in improving NSA’s operations and facilitating support with and by the Intelligence Community, making the nation significantly more secure.