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Women in American Cryptology

Creating the Legacy

Juanita Moody

Portrait of Juanita Moody
Juanita Moody began her 33-year federal career during WWII. Leaving college, she served with the Army's Signal Security Agency as a cryptanalytic clerk and remained after the war. Promoted through her success in increasingly responsible assignments, she directed several large and important areas of the U.S. intelligence effort.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, her direction of complex operations brought recognition from other government agencies and President Kennedy. Unfortunately, during the Church-Pike investigations of the 1970s, she was incorrectly associated with government abuses.

Ms. Moody retired from NSA in 1976. She received the first National Intelligence Medal of Achievement that same year, in recognition of her exceptional service to the intelligence community.