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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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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.

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.

Lester K. Myers

2020 Hall of Honor Inductee

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Mr. Lester K. Myers is a giant in language use and analysis in the US Intelligence Community.  As a senior language analyst and subject matter expert, Myers had an extraordinary impact on national security issues relating to the Middle East. His language skills and area knowledge made him a vitally important in situations spanning from the 1967 Arab-Israeli Conflict to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and beyond.  

One of Mr. Myers’ seminal contributions was development of a voice analysis capability in language, one of the hardest to master. During many crises, Mr. Myers spent countless hours analyzing voice communications, and providing insights not available from other sources.  

Mr. Myers mentored a huge cadre of language analysts over the years.  He annotated the only available dictionary in his particular language in the early 1980s, adding many definitions of terms he had discovered.  He stressed the importance of knowing history and culture to better understand the source material. He retired in the late 1990s but voluntarily returned to work immediately following the terrorist attacks of 9/11; continuing to serve for another 8 years.   

The effects of Mr. Myers’ work are strikingly evident today.  The work he did and taught others to do has saved countless American lives. His contributions not only provided key strategic and tactical intelligence to decision makers and warfighters, but transformed language analysis at NSA in ways that will reach far into the future.