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Cryptologic Heritage

WAVE with Bombe Machine Today, NSA/CSS again finds itself in the midst of challenging times. We recognize the importance not only of focusing on the tasks ahead but also of taking a step back to examine, understand, and appreciate our rich cryptologic heritage.

Through the Center for Cryptologic History, the National Cryptologic Museum, the National Vigilance Park, and the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Memorial, NSA/CSS is able to share with the public-at-large some of the significant contributions cryptologists have made to the defense of our Nation. People at home and around the world can learn about the key role Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance have played in world events. From the outstanding cryptanalysis of the VENONA project, which identified numerous Soviet agents in the United States, to the way sophisticated direction finding helped track Soviet intentions when the Cuban Missile Crisis threatened nuclear war, to breakthrough achievements in the development of the computer and the amazing advancements of secure communications capabilities - codemakers and codebreakers were there.

"More times than we can count, we've made history, without history even knowing we were there."

GEN Keith Alexander - Director NSA/Chief CSS


Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: May 3, 2012 | Last Reviewed: May 3, 2012